Attitude is always the father of behavior. Too often we try to change behavior with advice and information, rules and laws, and consequences, often with little success. Behavior often doesn’t change until attitudes do.
Teens have a host of attitudes about sex and relationships that can sometimes be dysfunctional to some degree, and cause them to behave in ways that aren’t healthy for them and others. I believe it’s important to identify what those attitudes might be, and where necessary or appropriate support those that are helpful, and challenge those that might not be.
I developed this little 11 question survey early in my career. It helps bring out in the open some very deep and often resistant beliefs teens have about sex and relationships that cause problems for them. Identifying them allows me to challenge them openly in a classroom in a non-judgmental matter of fact way. Without that challenge from me or you, those beliefs are more likely to end up fathering some unhealthy behavior down the road.
The package includes an introduction to explain the purpose of the survey, the ballots, a script for the questions, directions on how to conduct the survey, tally sheets, and results from 10 years, and about 2700 high school freshman boys and girls.
The follow up questions to help them make sense of the results, and to challenge and question the functionality of the given beliefs are a separate activity that can be purchased on this site.
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