UNDER THE CURRENTS

Pat Paluzzi’s “Audacious Idea” about Teen Dads

Date: March 19th, 2012
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Pat Paluzzi

I recently contributed to Open Society-Baltimore‘s Audacious Ideas blog with some thoughts on teen fathers. Here’s an excerpt: Teen parents are a much maligned group. We often blame them for their “choice” of becoming a teen parent and then for all of the untoward outcomes that can follow. Our blame, however, is short sighted and wrongly…

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Violence Hurts Us All: The Public Health Impact of Violence on Both Young Women and Young Men

Date: February 23rd, 2012
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Gina Desiderio

February is Teen Dating Violence Prevention Month, and with the marketing for this awareness campaign, we often hear about girls and women as the victims of violence.  However, it’s also important to remember that the number of young women AND men exposed to childhood maltreatment, interpersonal violence, and family violence in the United States is…

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Cultural Norms When It Comes to “The Talk”

Date: February 16th, 2012
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Healthy Teen Network

Research shows that parent-adolescent communication about sex can protect against risky sexual behaviors in teens. So what happens to those who, by cultural nature, do not receive such warnings? Know a teen of Latino or Asian immigrant parents? Did you know that you might be the ONLY person who talks to them about sexual development?…

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Free Will for All?

Date: February 13th, 2012
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Bob Reeg

Under the Affordable Care Act, employers are required to pay for preventative care services—including birth control. The administration announced late January that churches and houses of worship would be exempt from providing free birth control coverage to their employees. The First Amendment of the United States Constitution protects citizens from a government establishment of religion,…

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What’s in a Ribbon?

Date: February 8th, 2012
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Gina Desiderio

Last week, the Susan G. Komen Foundation announced Planned Parenthood would no longer be eligible to receive grants to provide breast cancer screenings to women. After a tremendous backlash against Komen, and an outpouring of support for Planned Parenthood, Komen reversed its decision, announcing that Planned Parenthood would again be eligible for grant applications. In…

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What’s In a Ribbon?

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Gina Desiderio

  Last week, the Susan G. Komen Foundation announced Planned Parenthood would no longer be eligible to receive grants to provide breast cancer screenings to women. After a tremendous backlash against Komen, and an outpouring of support for Planned Parenthood, Komen reversed its decision, announcing that Planned Parenthood would again be eligible for grant applications.…

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New Year, New You?

Date: February 1st, 2012
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Guest Blog Post by Claire Swinburn Are you still on track to achieving your New Year’s resolutions?   One of the biggest stumbling blocks we face when trying to achieve goals that we set is our thinking! Our thinking is better described as our mental chatter. Well, our mental chatter often works against us when…

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Teens Delivering Important Messages, Peer to Peer

Date: January 19th, 2012
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Teens P.A.C.T. Peer Leaders Guest Blog Post by Michele Perlman Research supports peer education: messages have a higher likelihood of getting through—and changing attitudes and behaviors—when recipients believe that the messengers are similar to themselves. This phenomenon is especially prevalent among teens. Despite the fact that this is common knowledge among youth providers, it’s not…

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Seeking Validation: A Former Teen Parent’s Journey

Date: January 10th, 2012
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Guest Blog Post by Todaé Charles Growing up as a teen parent, I was fearful. I had my four children when I was 13, 15, 17, and 19 years old. Because I was so young, I thought people would try to take my children away from me. As I grew up and raised my family,…

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5 Ways to Become an Approachable Parent: Positive Parenting for Teen Sexual Health

Date: January 4th, 2012
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Guest Blog Post by Sheila Overton, M.D., FACOG One of the top questions I’ve encountered from parents as an Ob/Gyn and health educator is: “How can I get my teen to come to me with questions and concerns about sex?” While some parents and teens may have that near-perfect, open relationship that allows them to…

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