Choices
$16.60

Choices

By Gill Gordon
US$ 16.60
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Book Description

Choices is a guide for young people growing up in the Caribbean today. It provides them with accurate information about themselves and their bodies so that they can make informed decisions about their future. It focuses on happy, healthy and safe relationships, marriage and having children.This edition has new sections on the implications for young people of violence in the community, as well as on the risks involved in teenage sexual activity, social networking, and the use of cellphones. With the emphasis throughout on how tokeep young people safe, this book covers ways to prevent STIs including HIV, the support, care and treatment for people with HIV, and the need to reduce stigma and discrimination. It promotes abstinence as the safest choice for youngpeople, but acknowledges that they will grow up and at some point become sexually active. Equipping young people with accurate knowledge and positive values at an early age has been shown by research to delay sexual activity.Choices is aimed at young people, peer educators, teachers, health workers and parents. It will be particularly useful for teachers and students following Health and Family Life Education (HFLE) courses based on national syllabuses or the CARICOM Curriculum Framework for Grades 7 and above.The book is invaluable for anyone who wants:• Accurate factual information about the changes caused by puberty, and sexuality• Help on how to avoid unsafe sex and unwanted pregnancy• Up-to-date information about STIs and HIV infection• Guidance on the dangers of alcohol, drug and tobacco use• Advice on goal setting and career choicesThe teaching approach of the book is participatory and learner centered. It includes tips, self-help exercises and group activities to enhance self-esteem and develop essential life-skills such as:• Critical and creative thinking• Communication skills• Assertiveness• Decision-making• Problem-solvingChoices is written in a friendly, straightforward style with lively illustrations throughout. It will be invaluable to anyone helping young people to grow up as fulfilled, caring and responsible members of families and communities.Please note that this is an eBook version of this title and can NOT be printed. For more information about eBooks, including how to download the software you’ll need, see our FAQs page.

Table of Contents
  • Cover
  • Title Page
  • Copyright
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgements
  • Acknowledgements for the revised edition
  • Foreword
  • Foreword for the revised edition
  • Introduction
    • Who is this book for and how can you use it?
    • What is the purpose of the book and what does it contain?
    • What is the impact of sex education?
  • 1 The world is changing
    • What is culture?
    • What do we mean by sex and gender?
    • Gender roles
    • What is sexual and reproductive health?
    • Learning for life
    • The world of work
    • Why do we behave as we do?
  • 2 Growing up
    • Physical, emotional, spiritual and social changes at puberty
    • How do girls develop?
    • Reproductive organs inside the body
    • What are periods?
    • About breasts
    • How do boys develop?
    • Is male circumcision good or bad?
    • Female circumcision
  • 3 Becoming all we want to be
    • What is self-esteem?
    • Respect
    • Talking to each other
    • Some important communication skills
    • Different ways of behaving
    • Making decisions
    • Taking risks
    • Being responsible
  • 4 Friendship and love
    • What is love?
    • Friendship
    • Having sexual feelings
    • Falling in love
    • What is sexuality and sexual health?
    • Different kinds of sexual relationship
    • Same sex friends and lovers
    • Changing harmful practices
    • Making decisions about sexual activities
    • Abstinence
    • How to say 'no' to sex
    • Sex and pleasure
  • 5 Making a happy marriage
    • Marriage
    • Choosing a good partner
    • What makes our sexual life happy?
    • How can a husband and wife increase the likelihood of making a baby?
    • Being faithful
  • 6 Rape, sexual abuse and violence
    • Rape
    • Sexual abuse
    • Violence
  • 7 Children by choice, not chance
    • How are babies made?
    • All about fertility
    • What are the signs of pregnancy?
    • Going to the antenatal clinic for pregnant women
    • Having children by choice, not chance
    • Ways to prevent pregnancy
    • Using a contraceptive
    • All about male condoms
    • The female condom
    • Other methods of contraception
    • Making decisions about pregnancy and contraception
    • Are you ready to have a child?
    • Why do teenagers have unplanned pregnancies? Who is responsible?
  • 8 Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
    • Can you get diseases from sex?
    • How do you know if you have an STI?
    • Are STIs dangerous?
    • Who can get an STI and how can we avoid them?
    • What should we do if we think we may have an STI?
  • 9 HIV and AIDS
    • What is HIV and AIDS?
    • How can we find out whether we have HIV?
    • How is HIV spread?
    • How HIV is not spread
    • How can we protect ourselves from getting STIs/HIV due to sex?
    • How can we prevent mother to child transmission?
    • Worries about family and friends
    • How can we help each other to live well with HIV?
  • 10 Keeping ourselves healthy
    • Using drugs
    • Alcohol
    • Overcoming a drink or drug problem
    • Alcohol and adults
    • Smoking cigarettes
    • The harm that tobacco does to the body
    • Other drugs
    • Nutrition: you are what you eat
    • Recreation
    • Exercise
    • Rest
    • Coping with stress
    • Coping with sadness
  • 11 Working together for a better world
    • Singing a rainbow
    • Getting help when we need it
    • Finding our happy and safe place
    • Hopes
    • Sharing this book with your friends
  • Using the activities
    • Working with groups
    • Our ground rules
    • Role-plays
    • Tableau
    • Stories
    • Reading and writing
    • Drawings and diagrams
    • Quizzes
    • Visits to health services and other services
    • Talking with people in the community
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