Sunday, September 12, 2010

IV. Risk and Protective Factors for Sexual Health -- The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Promote Sexual Health and Responsible Sexual Behavior -- NCBI Bookshelf

IV. Risk and Protective Factors for Sexual Health -- The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Promote Sexual Health and Responsible Sexual Behavior -- NCBI Bookshelf: "Human beings are sexual beings throughout their lives and human sexual development involves many other aspects of development- physical, behavioral, intellectual, emotional, and interpersonal. Human sexual development follows a progression that, within certain ranges, applies to most persons. The challenge of achieving sexual health begins early in life and continues throughout the lifespan. The actions communities and health care professionals must take to support healthy sexual development vary from one stage of development to the next. Children need stable environments, parenting that promotes healthy social and emotional development, and protection from abuse. Adolescents need education, skills training, self-esteem promoting experiences, and appropriate services related to sexuality, along with positive expectations and sound preparation for their future roles as partners in committed relationships and as parents. Adults need continuing education as they achieve sexual maturity--to learn to communicate effectively with their children and partners and to accept continued responsibility for their sexuality, as well as necessary sexual and reproductive health care services."

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