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For Immediate Release: October 11, 2012

The Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) will continue its fall lunchtime seminar series October 25th with “’The Talk’: How Teen Parents Talk about Sex with the Next Generation,” presented by Jennifer Grossman, Ph.D., research scientist at WCW.

This presentation will look at the qualitative interviews from 32 parents/guardians whose 7th grade children are part of the “Get Real” evaluation program, a three-year comprehensive sex education program for grades 6, 7, and 8. The interviews cover parents' experiences of sexual communication in their families of origin, and how sexual education and experiences shape how parents approach sexual communication with their own teen children. Grossman will share findings from this study, and compare how teen parents and older parents in the sample talk about these issues.

Grossman’s research focuses on adolescent development, racial and ethnic identity, and sexual health and risk-taking. She is the co-principal investigator on a grant to evaluate a comprehensive middle school sex education program, which aims to promote healthy sexual development and reduce sexual risk-taking.

Lunchtime seminars are held Thursdays, 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the Centers' Cheever House location, 828 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA. The programs are free and open to the public. Bring your lunch, WCW will provide tea and coffee. To confirm program line-up, call 781 283 2500 or visit

The Wellesley Centers for Women is one of the largest gender-focused research-and-action organizations in the world. Scholars at the Centers conduct social science research and evaluation, develop theory and publications, and implement training and action programs on issues that put women’s lives and women’s concerns at the center. Since 1974, WCW’s work has generated changes in attitudes, practices, and public policy.