Statistics: According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, 36.9 percent of 14-year-olds have had sex – more than one out of three. Among 12th graders, 66.4 percent have had sex.
The topic of sexuality and adolescents often makes parents and teenagers uncomfortable. It can be difficult for some parents to even broach the subject of sexuality, and even more difficult should the parent suspect their child is sexually promiscuous. Few parents want to confront the issues of sexual promiscuity or inappropriate sexual behavior in their children, yet avoiding such behavioral problems can be as risky as the behaviors themselves. Not only does sexual promiscuity cause serious health risks to your child, it can damage self-esteem and the emotional health of a developing adolescent.
Teenagers often partake in risk-taking behaviors. This seems to be a common theme among adolescents, but it can become a serious issue in troubled adolescents. Sex may become an outlet for a struggling teen’s frustrations, much in the same way drugs and alcohol serve as an outlet. In this way, sex becomes a drug, a way to escape feelings and emotional confusion. However, as with any drug, there is a backlash. Any teenager who is acting out sexually will begin to feel a diminished sense of value and self-esteem.
In some cases, sex can be used as a weapon or defense. An adolescent might see promiscuous sex as a way of showing parents that he or she is “free,” an adult, someone who can “do whatever” they want to do. Allowing a young person to continue to see sex in such an emotional immature and self-destructive manner can lead to long-term problems with intimate relationships, as well as the child’s physical health.
HIV and AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, and cervical cancer have all been linked to promiscuous sexual behavior. The threats of sexual promiscuity to an adolescent’s health are enough to warrant an intervention should you suspect your child is acting out in this way.
“During the past three decades, the level of sexual activity in adolescents in the United States has increased.” (Source, American Academy of Pediatrics)
Among teens each year there are about 3 million cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and approximately 1 million pregnancies. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection is the sixth leading cause of death among persons aged 15-24 years in the United States.
(Source, Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, GA)
Aspen Education Group has a number of programs that can help educate teenagers on the consequences of sexual promiscuity. These intensive programs can quickly narrow down the issues your child is experiencing to help him or her on a positive life path.
Stone Mountain School was established to provide adolescent boys with an exciting alternative to traditional education programs. The school promotes emotional growth with a structured academic and behavioral program in an outdoor environment. Talk to a program representative for more information.
Copper Canyon Academy is a boarding school for teenaged girls that are exhibiting negative behavior. The program focuses on all aspects of a student’s life by helping them discover who they are and grow into well-rounded adults. Talk to a program representative for more information.
Our Assessment Test can help you determine if a residential program might be best for your particular child.