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By GreatSchools Staff

How you talk about sex matters

1 in 5 - Teens reported  either not talking to their parents about sexual health topics or having discussions with their parents that weren't helpful.

A majority of teens in the study reported being satisfied with the relationship they had with their parents and communicating well with at least one parent.  However, despite the open channels, less than a third of respondents said conversations they had with their parents concerning sexual health topics had been very helpful to them.  A study at Emory University showed the more open and supportive parents were in conversations about sex, the less likely their teens were to engage in risky sexual behavior.

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