What does an orgasm feel like? Does alcohol really kill brain cells? Is it normal to get an erection for no reason at all? Is smoking safe if I don't inhale? What is the G-spot? 100 Questions You'd NEVER Ask Your Parents answers these and ninety-five other daunting questions that face teenagers everyday. Addressing the most sensitive of subjects in a real voice and a nonjudgmental manner, 100 Questions communicates the knowledge that every teen wants to know and no teen wants to ask. It imparts factually sound answers in an exciting and fun manner, intending to remove both the mystery and the stigma from such unmentionable topics.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-231) and index.
Why has postwar Japanese abortion policy been relatively progressive, while contraception policy has been relatively conservative? The Japanese government legalized abortion in 1948 but did not approve the pill until 1999. In this carefully researched study, Tiana Norgren argues that these contradictory policies flowed from very different historical circumstances and interest group configurations. Doctors and family planners used a small window of opportunity during the Occupation to legalize abortion, and afterwards, doctors and women battled religious groups to uphold the law. The pill, on the other hand, first appeared at an inauspicious moment in history. Until circumstances began to change in the mid-1980s, the pharmaceutical industry was the pill's lone champion: doctors, midwives, family planners, and women all opposed the pill as a potential threat to their livelihoods, abortion rights, and women's health. Clearly written and interwoven with often surprising facts about Japanese history and politics, Norgren's book fills vital gaps in the cross-national literature on the politics of reproduction, a subject that has received more attention in the European and American contexts. Abortion Before Birth Control will be a valuable resource for those interested in abortion and contraception policies, gender studies, modern Japanese history, political science, and public policy.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 462-515) and indexes.
Introduction : adolescent development in context -- A multidisciplinary approach to adolescence -- The boundaries of adolescence -- Early, middle, and late adolescence -- A framework for studying adolescent development -- Theoretical perspectives on adolescence -- Stereotypes versus scientific study -- pt. I. The fundamental changes of adolescence -- 1. Biological transitions --Puberty : an overview -- Somatic development -- The timing and tempo of puberty -- The psychological and social impact of puberty -- Physical health and health care in adolescence -- 2. Cognitive transitions -- Changes in cognition -- Theoretical perspectives on adolescent thinking -- The adolescent brain -- Individual differences in intelligence in adolescence -- Adolescent thinking in context -- 3. Social transitions -- Social redefinition and psychosocial development -- Adolescence as a social invention -- Changes in status -- The process of social redefinition -- Variations in social transitions -- The transition into adulthood in contemporary society.
pt. II. The contexts of adolescence -- 4. Families -- Family relationships at adolescence -- Family relationships and adolescent development -- The adolescent's family in a changing society -- Adolescent development and the changing family -- The importance of the family in adolescent development -- 5. Peer groups -- The origins of adolescent peer groups in contemporary society -- The adolescent peer group : a problem or a necessity? -- The nature of adolescent peer groups -- Adolescents and their crowds -- Adolescents and their cliques -- Popularity and rejection in adolescent peer groups -- The peer group and psychosocial development -- 6. Schools -- Secondary education in America -- School reform : past and present -- The social organization of schools -- Beyond high school -- Schools and adolescent development -- 7. Work and leisure -- Work and leisure in contemporary society -- Adolescents and work -- Adolescents and leisure.
pt. III. Psychosocial development during adolescence -- 8. Identity -- Identity as an adolescent issue -- Changes in self-conceptions -- Changes in self-esteem -- The adolescent identity crisis -- Research on identity development -- The development of ethnic identity -- Gender-role development -- 9. Autonomy -- Autonomy as an adolescent issue -- The development of emotional autonomy -- The development of behavioral autonomy -- The development of value autonomy -- A concluding note -- 10. Intimacy -- Intimacy as an adolescent issue -- Theoretical perspectives on adolescent intimacy -- The development of intimacy in adolescence -- Dating and romance -- Intimacy and adolescent psychosocial development -- 11. Sexuality -- Sexuality as an adolescent issue -- How sexually permissive is contemporary society? -- Sexual attitudes among adolescents -- Trends in sexual activity during adolescence -- The sexually active adolescent -- Teenage pregnancy and childbearing -- 12. Achievement -- Achievement as an adolescent issue -- Achievement motives and beliefs -- Environmental influences on achievement -- Educational achievement -- Occupational achievement -- 13. Psychosocial problems in adolescence -- Some general principles about problems in adolescence -- Psychosocial problem : their nature and co-variation -- Substance use and abuse in adolescence -- Antisocial behavior, violence, and other externalizing problems -- Depression, suicide, and other internalizing problems in adolescence -- Stress and coping in adolescence -- Glossary.
1. Ready or not? -- 2. Not Your Choice -- 3. How to ... -- 4. Protecting Yourself -- from Pregnancy and Infection -- 5. Infections -- Sexually Transmitted Infections or Diseases (STIs or STDs) and other Gross Stuff -- 6. Will it, Like, Hurt? -- 7. For Parents and Others (Who Won't Be There) -- 8. Still Wondering ... More Info.
Frank and candid sex and lifestyle instruction for teenagers delivered with good humor and clarity.