Engaging Parents and Caregivers in Puerto Rico to Communicate with Teens about Sexual Health
Our strategy is a testament to the potential of adults to reconnect with their own teenage experiences in order to forge stronger connections with the adolescents in their lives. Approaching teenagers with curiosity, empathy, and openness paves the way for honest communication on sexual health and other vital topics during this critical stage of development.
Samaris Vega and Edna Acosta Pérez, Project Directors of Puerto Rico Optimal System ChAnge (PROSa)
It’s common for parents and caregivers to feel unsure how to navigate conversations about sexuality with their teens, but most teens name their parents as the biggest influence in their decisions about sex. Puerto Rico Optimal System ChAnge (PROSa), a TPP20 Tier 1 grantee, has implemented an innovative strategy to support parents and caregivers in talking about this topic. PROSa’s efforts reinforce the protective factors that support healthy youth development.
The comprehensive Spanish-language website offers a variety of easy-to-digest resources that educate parents and caregivers about teen development and how to approach conversations about sex with curiosity, empathy, and openness. Resources include video interviews with gynecologists, clinical psychologists specializing in adolescence, and family psychologists, as well as articles and podcasts on how young people’s brains—and social and emotional skills—develop. The website also includes short and digestible articles on relevant health issues for both parents and youth. Local youth have been involved in developing all products.