Kamis, 24 Juni 2010

Relationships and Sexuality at College in USA

The ways in which many college kids meet potential partners are changing, and this alone can be stressful for students. It would be nice if your son fell for his physics lab partner and spent his evenings at the library with her doing homework together, but that's not the way it usually happens in the college dating scene. Today many students are clubbing, taking drugs like Ecstasy, going on spontaneous "booty runs" (sex dates), and partying until dawn.
These students are very intelligent young people, but they often have unrealistic feelings about the potential impact of their behavior. Some think they're invulnerable or at least don't stop to consider the consequences of their actions. They have unprotected sex, don't worry about getting HIV/AIDS, and put themselves at risk for contracting more than twenty other sexually transmitted diseases that affect some 3 million teenagers in the United States every year.
Today's college kids have heard all the lectures about club drugs, date rape, and safer sex, but many do not think it applies to them until they face the fallout. When college students face date rape, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), pregnancy, abortion, or any of the other negative consequences of careless sex, they are unlikely to look to their parents for help. They had been warned about the dangers of these behaviors, and now they feel stupid and worried. Once their emotional or physical health is compromised by the consequences and disappointments of their sexuality, they find it extremely difficult to concentrate on schoolwork. Some flounder or drop out.

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