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Counseling Adolescents about Abstinence in the Office Setting

      The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the Society for Adolescent Medicine (SAM) recommend the promotion of sexual abstinence within the context of comprehensive sexuality education.
      • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
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      • American Academy of Pediatrics
      Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health and Committee on Adolescence. Sexuality education for children and adolescents.
      However, while curricula exist for this type of sexuality counseling in schools and communities,
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      there are few practical, hands-on resources for assisting health professionals in office-based counseling about sexual abstinence. This “Tips for Clinicians” provides practical approaches to discussing abstinence with adolescents in the clinical setting.
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