The family and media are two institutions that influence one’s attitude of sexuality, and

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The family and media are two institutions that influence one’s attitude of sexuality, and consequently sexual behaviors. Of importance is the discussion between parents and adolescents attitudes regarding sex. Interestingly, individuals begin to perceive themselves as sexual beings during the age of adolescence, yet little research has been done on sexual behavior in relation to identity formation (Chapman and Werner-Wilson, 2008). However, Chapman and Werner-Wilson found a low but significant negative correlation between parental influence and adolescent attitude regarding sex (2008). As parental influence and discussion regarding sex increased, adolescents' attitudes regarding sex became negative in tone, expressing less comfort…show more content…
Media Influence Media such as television, Internet and social media (e.g., facebook, twitter), can lead to adolescent acquisition of information on safe sex behaviors. As of 2001, 75% of adolescents had used the Internet to gain information about health behaviors, with sexual health information ranking in the top three information searches; with the increasing influence of technology, that number is rapidly growing. (Gray, N., Klein, J., Noyce, P.R., Sesselberg, T.S., & Cantrill, J.A., 2005). Women were found to have a higher rate of searching for health information online then men, but no noticeable difference was detected among public and private school student users. This latter finding emphasizes no significance in socioeconomic status in utilizing the Internet to search for health information among youth (Gray, N., Klein, J., Noyce, P.R., Sesselberg, T.S., & Cantrill, J.A., 2005). Despite the controversy over media as a source of productive and credible information regarding sexual behavior, Ward, et al. (2006) found that “60% of teens surveyed said that they learned how to say “no” to a sexual situation by watching television, and 43% said they learned something about how to talk to a partner about safer sex. In fact, many adolescents cited the Internet as good for looking up basic

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