UNM Professor shares rules on talking about sex with teens

Dr. Scott Carroll
Dr. Scott Carroll

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE)- Research shows that abstinence programs, pledges, and sex education either have zero impact or can actually backfire, causing higher teen pregnancy rates and STD’s.

With prom rounding the corner, parents may feel the need to talk to their teens about the risks of having premarital intercourse, Dr. Scott Carroll, University of New Mexico Department of Psychiatry Associate Professor, joined KRQE’s This Morning Team to help parents to learn how to talk about sex with their children.

The relationship between a parent and a child has the biggest impact on teen sexuality, Carroll states there is no substitute for good parenting. Having open conversations about sex will most likely have the biggest impact.

Carroll also says that it is never too late to talk about sex and it is also never too early to talk about sex. He recommends a good age to start is 8 years old.

Feeling uncomfortable having these conversations is normal. By telling your child you are nervous talking about this topic, but love them too much to avoid the conversation.

It is a good idea to start the conversation off by asking they what they think and how they feel and avoid offering your opinion too early in the conversation.

By gently correcting any misunderstanding of sexual relations can also help get the critical point across.

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