Sign in. Milo Ventimiglia takes inspiration from his canine co-star in The Art of Racing in the Rain to put his human collaborators in the doghouse. Watch now. Diving deeply into the abyss of the known and as well unknown realities.
We investigated knowledge, attitudes, norms, and values of teenagers, parents, teachers, and policymakers in relation to sex and sex education in Chiang Mai, Thailand, with a view to informing sex education policy. Methods were: narrative interviews with key stakeholders, and analysis of key policy documents; questionnaire survey of teenagers; 20 focus groups of teenagers; questionnaire survey of parents; and two focus groups of parents. Qualitative and quantitative data were assessed separately with thematic and statistical analysis, respectively, then combined. FINDINGS: We noted five important influences on Thai teenagers' sexual attitudes and behaviour: ambiguous social roles leading to confused identity; heightened sexual awareness and curiosity; key gaps in knowledge and life skills; limited parental input; and impulsivity and risk-taking. Male teenagers aspire to be "smart boys", whose status depends on stories of sexual performance and conquests. Female teenagers, traditionally constrained and protected as "sweet girls", are managing a new concept of dating without their parents' support, and with few life skills to enable them to manage their desires or negotiate in potentially coercive situations.
I t's so unfair. No one understands you. People who actually have no idea tell you what to do all the time. About anything. No one is there when you discover something completely weird about the world.
Kids used to scare the bejesus out of me. When I did speak, I had a voice that was three octaves higher and not even my accent. I like kids. I just never really knew how to relax around them.