Who do teens look to as role models for healthy sexual behaviour? According to a new Canadian study, they look first to the example set by their parents, not to friends or the media.
The researchers also pointed out that the teens who saw their parents as role models most often came from families where talking about sexuality is encouraged. These teens, who were able to discuss sexuality openly at home, were also found to have a greater awareness of the risks and consequences of sexually transmitted diseases.
Parents underestimate their role