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Sexuality research gives a consistent answer to the questions, “Do parents make a difference? Do families matter?” Yes! Youth-family connections and communication are keys to young people’s healthy sexual decision-making. Yet, a great challenge for parents and families is how to think about, talk about, and guide young people on a positive path to adulthood, particularly during a time when gender identity and sexual orientation are evolving. Additionally, new technologies continue to dramatically expand young people’s access to a multitude of sexual messages. How are parents helping adolescents navigate exposure to messages, some that may be contrary to their families’ cultures, values, and beliefs?

Prime Time program's work to reduce risky sex and aggression among teen girls featured in Prevention Action.
A team led by Barb McMorris is working in two economically disadvantaged schools in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, training and coaching teachers in a youth-development paradigm that helps young people reach their potential.
Prime Time program's work to reduce risky sex and aggression among teen girls featured in Prevention Action.