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January 2, 1987

Straight Talk: Sexuality Education for Parents and Kids 4-7

Author Affiliations

New York University-Bellevue

New York University-Bellevue

JAMA. 1987;257(1):88. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03390010092042

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With the increasing focus on the family as the primary source of information about sexuality, there is a need for material for parents to initiate and sustain this learning process. Straight Talk, written by Marilyn Ratner and Susan Chamlin and published by Planned Parenthood of Westchester, NY, is such a primer, providing in a clear, concise 40-page format the basic knowledge and a series of how-to presentations. Subtitled "Sexuality Education for Parents and Kids 4-7," this book, best described as a workbook, has been divided into major areas of discussion followed by a four-page tear out of activities for children of specific ages, entitled "Kids' Place." The discussion areas include a review of common parental concerns, identification of problems that parents confront in the realm of sexuality, and methods and ways to answer the questions posed by children.

Using the term "askable parent," the authors begin with the parental perspective,