Maturity and Understanding the Consequences of Sexual Behavior
By: Angie Woodward
Trinity Teen Solutions is a Christian based residential treatment center providing a therapeutic setting in a Christian atmosphere to help troubled girls in understanding the consequences of sexual behavior through maturity and help them cope with the sensitive issues surrounding their behaviors. We have influenced many girls to put aside their destructive lifestyles and become more respectful, thoughtful and successful teenagers who have a renewed purpose and outlook on life. Our therapeutic programs will help transform your child having a renewed relationship with family and with Christ. Please call 307-202-8400 for more information.
The development of adolescent sexuality includes not only physical development but also cognitive, emotional, psychological, social, and moral development. Yet, these developmental areas do not all advance at the same rate. This is a particular issue in understanding the development of adolescent sexuality because poor decisions, due to a lack of psychological, cognitive or emotional maturity, can have dire, life-long consequences.
Consequences of Teenage Sexual Behavior are of Widespread Concern
Teenage sexual activity is an issue of widespread concern. The problems associated with teen sexual activity are well-known. Every day teenagers become infected by a sexually transmitted disease which not only can be life threatening but also, can then have effects on future relationships. The problems of pregnancy and out-of-wedlock childbearing are severe; some end with botched abortions leaving the teenager sterile or scarred for life. These young mothers and their children have an extremely high probability of long-term poverty and welfare dependence resulting in a lack of self confidence. Lack of self-confidence may then cause people not to pursue career choices that they may have pursued if life were different.
There are the psychological and emotional problems associated with teenage sexual activity, as well. When compared to teens who do not engage in sexual behaviors, teenage girls who are sexually active are significantly less likely to be happy and more likely to feel depressed or attempt suicide. Thus, in addition to its role in promoting teen pregnancy and the current epidemic of STDs, early sexual activity is a substantial factor in undermining the emotional well-being of teenagers who are not mature enough to understand the consequences of sexual behavior.
If your child is acting out sexually, it can create social labeling as well as legal implications. Parents are often unsure how to handle these situations or where to turn for help. Trinity Teen Solutions has developed a specialized treatment plan to help teenage girls and their families cope with these very sensitive issues. Please call 307-202-8400, we want to help!