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Alan Guttmacher Institute. Sex and America's Teenagers. New York: Author, 1994. The report of a study conducted by the Alan Guttmacher Institute on teenage sexual activity in the 1990's. It is presented in written and graphical forms and provides a good look at adolescent sexuality. Bell, Ruth, et al. Changing Bodies, Changing Lives: A Book for Teens on Sex and Relationships. 3d ed. New York: Random House, 1998. Written specifically for a teenage audience. Teens from around the United States were surveyed in order to determine the book's contents, and they share their unique perspectives on sexuality. This is perhaps one of the best resources available for teens. Columbia University Health Education Program. The Go Ask Alice Book of Answers: A Guide to Good Physical, Sexual, and Emotional Health. New York: Owl Books, 1998. Inspired by Columbia's award-winning and hugely popular Web site, this book is packed with straightforward, nonjudgmental, comprehensive answers to the toughest, most embarrassing questions teens and adults have about sexual, emotional, and physical health. Madaras, Lynda, with Area Madaras. The "What's Happening to My Body?" Book for Girls: A Growing Up Guidefor Parents and Daughters. 3d rev. ed. New York: Newmarket, 2000. Written especially for adolescents and their parents. The author is a leading sex educator, and she is joined by her daughter. The primary focus is on female puberty; however, topics such as sexual feelings and sexual intercourse are also discussed. Well written, with illustrations that enhance the text. Madaras, Lynda, with Dane Saavedra. The "What's Happening to My Body?" Book for Boys: A Growing Up Guide for Parents and Sons. 3d rev. ed. New York: Newmarket, 2000. Written by a leading sex educator with the assistance of an adolescent boy. The book deals primarily with male puberty but includes information about sexual feelings and sexual intercourse. A very useful and informative book, written in a conversational style.

Rosario, Margaret, etal. "The Psychosexual Development of Urban Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Youths." The Journal of Sex Research 33, no. 2 (1996): 113126. Fills one of the gaps left by general reference sources that often treat adolescent sexuality as strictly heterosexual in nature. Provides current information on alternative sexuality choices made by adolescents.

Strasburger, Victor C., and Robert T. Brown. Adolescent Medicine: A Practical Guide. 2d ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott-Raven, 1998. This book addresses the physical and psychosocial problems of teenagers that physicians are most likely to treat. The emphasis is on practical information. Applied diagnostic and treatment guidelines cover conditions such as asthma, diabetes mellitus, developmental problems, headaches, sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy, depression, and eating disorders.

DoyleR Goff; updated by Cynthia O'Dell

See also: Adolescence: Cognitive Skills; Drives; Homosexuality; Identity


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