Reviews

Promoting Youth Sexual Health: Home, School, and Community Collaboration

This book is a comprehensive view of sexual health trends in the United States.

It highlights the differences in practice and culture between the UK and the US and is a useful tool in contrasting trends in the US against other countries.

Covering youth sexual behaviour, risks and professional guidelines for promoting sexual health, the book’s strength is combining research with practical recommendations (such as ways to support LGBTQ youth), illustrated with case studies.

While it includes modern concerns as a result of social media, this could be discussed in further detail in the book. There are some gaps. Abuse and domestic violence are mentioned, but there is no specific discussion about child sexual exploitation or female genital mutilation.

The index is not always handy due to the American terminology used throughout. This may cause difficulties for practitioners newer to the field.

Despite this, the book does flow well, is easy to read and looks at how practitioners can talk to parents.

This is a guide that can be stocked in libraries, but perhaps not on a clinician’s shelf. It could also be used as a resource by youth workers and healthcare assistants who work with children and adolescents in the community.

Although it has some nursing focus, it would most benefit practitioners with an interest in sexual health rather than specialists in the field.

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