Fathers are seen as remiss in their role, while mothers are slightly favored.
Personal disclosure is more open with peer group than with parents.
While these developing nation studies look at a wide range of outcomes and predictors, peer influence and behavior consistently emerges as a risk factor for adolescent health risk behavior 2 and 4.
Good parent–child relationships 1 and 2 and school connectedness or engagement 1 and 3 emerge as protective factors.
They are endangered species – specially the Filipino teenagers. While their counterparts in America and Europe work, most Filipino teenagers linger in shopping malls after school.
Thirty- two FGDs ( focus group discussions) and thirteen key informant interviews were conducted. Most young people value the material and emotional support of family members, particularly of parents. Whilst most young people give importance to family, some find it difficult to communicate with their parents about sex and related concerns for fear of being regarded as impolite or of being sanctioned. Most young people are closer to and receive more support from their mother; some desire to have better relationship and communication, especially with their father, and to share their problems and secrets with family members. Whilst young people value their friends and peers as source of affirmation and support, they also perceive them negatively as potential source of conflicts, stress and pressure. Generally, females put high value on virginity as they associate sex with love.
Contrary, males value this less as they associate sex, before and outside marriage, with masculinity. There is persistent belief that females should be primarily responsible for the use of contraceptives or birth control methods because they are the ones who get pregnant. The rise in the incidence of pre-marital sex is not directly proportional to extensive and sustained access by adolescents to sexuality education.
Use of modern technology such as cell phones, text messaging and internet has become more important than traditional means of interpersonal contact like face-to-face interactions and letters. Design a comprehensive sex education program for adolescents. Design training programs/workshops for parents and youth on parenting of adolescents. Consider opening a center for the youth for information sharing and for holding youth-related services and activities. Strengthen adolescent counseling in schools by training faculty members, personnel and student leaders on relevant topics and issues on sexuality, identity and health. Consider the information and service needs of special adolescents’ population, such as sexual and physical abuse victims, homosexuals and lesbians, pregnant adolescents, and those with or suspected to have STD.
Pop Dev Messages Anytime is a good time for parents to talk to their kids about sex, sexuality and health.