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Workplace sex chats could improve teen sexual health

Children whose parents attend workplace programmes on sexual health are more likely to adopt safe sexual habits, it has been claimed.

US researchers found that an eight-week programme called Talking Parents, Healthy Teens, which involved a lunch-hour session every week, led parents to communicate better with their children about sexual health.

The findings are published in the British Medical Journal and show that parents who attended the programme were more likely to discuss new sexual health topics and were more open to discussing sex in general.

The researchers concluded that the implications of the study "go beyond the areas of parent-adolescent communication and health adolescent development".

They added that the programme "significantly increases and improves parent-adolescent communication, which is not only linked with adolescent sexual health and risk reduction but is also a worthy goal in itself".

The Family Planning Association emphasised the important role parents can play, claiming that parents "can tip the balance of their children's sexual health from bad to good".

Chief executive Julie Bentley commented: "Feeling embarrassed, not knowing where to start and a lack of confidence can inhibit parents from raising the issue.

"It's essential that parents do start talking though; once they begin they'll start seeing some of the benefits highlighted in this study."

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