The pressure on teens to be sexually active only increases and multiples as the years go on. Today, teens are under enormous pressure to be sexually active. Popular culture tells them that uncommitted responsible sex is possible. Television, movies, and the Internet anxious to depict “reality” find themselves promoting as perverse of sexual behavior imaginable. More than ever, teens continue to need a clear understanding of the physical and psychological fallout of acting out sexual behavior apart from marriage. Strongly rooted in Catholic Tradition, Sex, Love, and You: Making the Right Decision promotes the value of chastity and tells teens how their lives will be better if they refrain from sexual intimacy before marriage. In a direct, no-nonsense fashion, authors Tom and Judy Lickona examine the dangers of sexual activity and the rewards of waiting. They explore all side of the sex debate—from helping distinguish between myth and fact, to examining the physical and emotional dangers of uncommitted sex; from unearthing fallacies and popular misconceptions about premarital sex, to developing a personal plan that will allow young people to live a chaste life. A free Leader’s Manual is available for download.
Tom Lickona holds a doctorate in psychology and is a developmental psychologist and professor of education at the State University of New York at Cortland, where he has done award-winning work in teacher education and directs the Centre for the Fourtyh and First Rs.
Judith Lickona is a wife, mother, and former higher education teacher. She partners with her husband, Thomas Lickona, in speaking to teenagers and their parents about sex, faith, and respect for life.