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Let’s Not Talk About Sex

Teen and Parent

Teens are even less comfortable talking with their parents about sex than their parents are.

A new Family Circle survey of 2,000 adults and adolescents ages 15-18 finds that a whopping 82 percent of youngsters feel some degree of discomfort when mom and dad sit them down for a talk about sex and relationships. Meanwhile, 50 percent of parents admit some unease about discussing these topics.

Nine out of ten teens tell Family Circle they prefer no more conferences with the folks about sex while over 16 percent concede their parents have never even broached the subject with them.

Family Circle editor-in-chief Linda Fears says that teens often cite embarrassment for the unease they feel when parents speak frankly about sex but often as well, they think lectures aren’t necessary because they already feel informed from the amount of sexual content available to them in the media, entertainment and pop culture.

ABC News Radio says there also may be some disconnect in other areas between adults and teens:

— Thirty-nine percent of parents say they’ve explained the risks of sexting (sending sexually explicit text messages) but 41 percent of teens claim their parents have never talked about it or did just once.

Story Highlights

  • Parents are more at ease than their teens when talking about sex
  • Of teens who’ve had sex, 81% of parents knew
  • Of teens who’ve had oral sex, 45% of parents knew

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