Three Utah State University researchers have been awarded a 3-year, $481,500 federal grant to develop a first-of-its-kind parenting aid - a way to stop teenage sex.
Family and adolescent researcher Brent Miller said he and two colleagues will develop "sensitive, but honest" education aids to help parents communicate with children their desire that sexual activity be delayed.Talking about sex is often difficult and embarrassing for parents, Miller said. But, with the help of the Health and Human Services Department grant, the researchers hope to find ways to make it easier.
"The main goal is to delay adolescent sexual activity by helping parents convey their values and the reasons for sexual abstinence," he said.
Miller said sexual activity among teenagers can lead to unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases, as well as substance abuse, delinquency and lower school achievement.
The researchers will invite participation of Utah families with children ages 10 to 14.
"During the first year we plan to develop sensitive, but honest educational materials, such as booklets and videotapes, for parents to use when talking with their children about sexuality," he said.