Here are compelling reasons why Relationships Under Construction is so badly needed in every school and every home in America.
Who we serve and what we do
Founder Catherine Wood briefly shares a few details about the organization and explains the “Funnel Demo,” which is taught in the classroom.
Most teens (69%) agree it would be much easier for them to postpone sexual activity and avoid teen pregnancy if they were able to have more open, honest conversations about these topics with their parents.
Source: Michael D. Resnick et al., Protecting Adolescents from Harm: Findings from the National Longitudinal Study on AdolescentHealth, Journal of American Medicine 278, September 10, 1997; pp. 823-832.
85% of parents say they talk to their teenager very often or somewhat often about sex and sexual relationships, only 41% of those parents teens said their parents talked to them very often or somewhat often about sex and sexual relationships.
Source: National Survey of Young Teens Sexual Attitude and Behaviors conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International
A 1997 longitudinal study of 12,000 adolescents found that teens were more likely to delay intercourse when they felt emotionally connected to their parents and when their parents disapproved of their being sexually active or of using contraception.
Source: Michael D. Resnick et al., Protecting Adolescents from Harm: Findings from the National Longitudinal Study on Adolescent Health, Journal of American Medicine 278, September 10, 1997; pp. 823-832.
10-12 year olds want more information about: How to handle pressure to have sex-44%; How to know when you’re ready to have sex-43%; How alcohol and drugs might affect decisions to have sex-43%.
Source: 2003 Kaiser Family Foundation study.
Forty-eight percent of adults said it was embarrassing for teenagers to admit being virgins, but just 26 percent of teenagers believed the same. Eighty-five percent of teenagers said sex should occur only in a long-term committed relationship, up from 82 percent surveyed last year. Three in 10 teenagers say they have become more opposed over the last few years to having sex.
Source: National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy in 12/03.