Teens hooking up at Spring Break and what parents can do about it

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Teens hooking up at Spring Break and what parents can do about it

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A lot of parents are afraid when they send their teenage daughter off to Spring break somewhere that they're going to be hooking up all over the place, because the media loves to tell us that hook-ups are everywhere and all these college kids are hooking-up. By the way, hook-up is suppose to mean having a sexual encounter with no emotional connection or even no desire to see the person ever again. In truth, I want you to educate your kid about what's really going on. A full 25% of American college students are virgins. And of that population, they list religion as the third most common reason. Mostly, they're trying to avoid pregnancy or an STD, or they're trying to put their education and career first. Secondly, it's a really small percentage of people who are actually hooking-up. The average college student has about one hook-up once a year, yet 99% of college students thinks that the typical college student has three or four hook-ups a year. In fact, it's a very rare occurrence. New research is showing that college students today are having less sex than they did back in the 1980s. Don't look at me like that. Yes, I went to college in the 1980s. All right. So what you want to do is arm your daughter or your son with the real statistics, so that they won't feel the peer pressure to conform to something that's really a very small part of the population. Secondly, you're going to talk to them about relationship building. If you practice slow love - oh yes, becoming friends first, having an emotional connection first, you actually have a much greater chance of having a boyfriend or a girlfriend down the road. If you have sex within 30 days of meeting somebody, you've got about a 90% chance of being broken up within one year. So arm your student with that knowledge before you head them off to Spring break,

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Dr. Wendy Walsh was nominated for an Emmy Award for her work as co-host on The Dr. Phil spinoff, The Doctors TV show. She also hosts Investigation Discovery Network’s “Happily NEVER After,” as well as being part of Dr. Drew’s Behavior Bureau on HLN Network. On CNN and 9 Network, Australia, she breaks down the psychology of sex, love, gender roles, divorce, parenting and other human behaviors. Dr. Wendy is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at California State University, Channel Islands. She holds a B.A. in Journalism, a Masters degree in Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, and is the author of three books and numerous publications, including The 30-Day Love Detox. She appears regularly on The Today Show, CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, The Steve Harvey Show, The O’Reilly Factor, Inside Edition, The Katie Couric Show, Jane Velez-Mitchell, and The View.

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