Riskiness of teen sexual activity

Expert Michael J. Bradley, EdD explains the riskiness of sexual activity, but also how boys and girls respond differently to these experiences.
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Riskiness of teen sexual activity

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We worry about girls versus boys having frequent or what we call party or hook-up sex. This is the field of tremendous controversy. I just came from a conference where people are reeling at each other about this. The bottom line is most expert say, that boys are hard wired they have casual sex and there's very little fall out for them. It is an adventure, most expert say that women are not wired that way. That women when they develop a sexual identitycherish things like fidelity, exclusivity, future planning. They need those things for successful sexual function. However, those values develop later in young adulthood. The problem is our culture forces girls of very early ages to becomes sexually. To act out sexually in ways in ways they will come to regret later. So, when we view these girls who were highly sexual, we use to call promiscuous and young teenagers as adults they have much higher rates of high depression anxiety and even suicide. We think they come in conflict with themselves, they can't reconcile those 2 pictures of self and that what causes those diseases. Some people say that it is not hard wiring, it's the culture tells girls they shouldn't be doing this and that is the effect. I don't care if it is hard wiring, culture we see what it does to girls, so it is not okay.

Expert Michael J. Bradley, EdD explains the riskiness of sexual activity, but also how boys and girls respond differently to these experiences.

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Michael J. Bradley, EdD

Psychologist, Author & Speaker

Michael J. Bradley, EdD, award-winning author, has counseled adolescents and their parents for over 30 years and currently has a private practice in suburban Philadelphia. As a recognized specialist in adolescent behavior and parenting, Dr. Bradley is in demand as a speaker and facilitator for mental health professionals, educators, and parenting groups. He has appeared on over 400 radio and television shows, including CNN, The Today Show and Good Morning, America, and has been interviewed by numerous magazines and newspapers such as USA Today, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Parents Magazine. His website forum is a great source of advice and encouragement to parents.

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