Talking about Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll
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Middle and high school is a time when children seek greater independence and to define themselves as separate individuals who are able to make their own decisions. This is also a time when adolescents begin to take an interest in alcohol, drugs, and sex. It is important for parents to stay in involved and available, and to keep communication channels open on these important topics. Join us as James Jaccard, faculty, NYU Silver School of Social Work, provides insights into adolescent decision-making and discusses some of the risks of early engagement in these behaviors. Dr. Jaccard shares concrete and practical advice about talking with your teens about every day and difficult topics such as romantic attachments, sexuality, alcohol and drugs, and other risky behaviors. Guidance is given on how to get a conversation started, as well as what, how, and when to say it.
Instructor: James Jaccard is Professor and Co-Director, Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health in the NYU Silver School of Social Work. Dr. Jaccard was trained as a social-developmental scientist with specialties in attitude change and decision making, particularly as applied to young adolescents.