One of the most common questions parents of teens have is how to talk to their children about sex. This lecture will cover up-to-date research and practical suggestions for how to open lines of communication with your children and increase their healthy sexuality now and when they are married.
Laura Padilla-Walker is a Professor in the School of Family Life and an Associate Dean in the College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences. Laura received her BS degree in Psychology from Central Michigan University and her PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She joined the faculty at BYU in 2005. Dr. Padilla-Walker’s research explores proactive parenting, or parents’ active attempts to socialize their children before transgression has occurred. Most recently her research has focused particularly on parent-child sex communication and the influence of media. She also studies positive development across adolescence, including the development of prosocial behavior and the influence of prosocial and positive media. Dr. Padilla-Walker has enjoyed mentoring hundreds of students in collaborative projects with her colleagues including Project READY, the Flourishing Families Project, Project M.E.D.I.A., and The Healthy Sexuality Project. She has published over 100 journal articles and book chapters, and has co-edited three books with Oxford University Press. She has taught courses on parenting, moral development, adolescent development, child development, and research methods. Laura and her husband, Chris, have been married for 18 years and are the parents of three children.