Sexuality Issues

Sexual activity can have significant short and long term consequences in the life of a young child or adolescent. For this reason, the American College of Pediatricians has produced the following official position statements on sexuality issues involving children and adolescents.

Abortion and the Risk of Breast Cancer: Information for the adolescent woman and her parents

Abstinence Education

Emergency Contraception – Not the Best for Adolescents

Empowering Parents of Gender Discordant and Same-Sex Attracted Children

Homosexual Parenting: Is It Time For Change?

Gender Identity Issues in Children and Adolescents

Psychotherapy for Unwanted Homosexual Attraction Among Youth

On the Promotion of Homosexuality in the Schools

Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA – traditionally called ‘Abstinence’) Education

The College addresses many issues related to sexual activity during adolescence in the Sexual Responsibility section.

Parents often feel ill-equipped to address the topic of human sexuality with their children. Hesitation in addressing this area can lead to confusion and misdirection for the child. The following resources will help assist any parent to confidently inform their child.