Can We Talk about Abstinence?
1. Develop an understanding of how parents, guardians, or other adults feel about abstinence.
2. Compare how social norms and pressures related to abstinence and sexual decision-making may have changed over the years.
3. Identify behaviors that encourage and discourage communication, by role-playing and preparing for an interview with a trusted adult.
This lesson is designed to help young people begin a dialogue about abstinence with their parents, guardians or other trusted adults. Communicating about abstinence acknowledges the important role that parents and other adults play in the comprehensive sex education of their children. Prior discussion and role-play in class will enhance participants’ ease and skill in talking with adults about abstinence and sexual decisions.
Note: Since participants will need time to interview a parent (or other trusted adult), this lesson requires two sessions to complete.