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The Wellesley Centers for Women Lunchtime Seminar Series will continue on Thursday, March 14 with, “Beyond “The Talk”: How Teens and Families Communicate About Sex.” The program will run from 12:40 to 1:30 p.m. in Room 413 of the Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center at Wellesley College.

Only half of U.S. teens talk with their parents about sex, according to a 2014 study from Planned Parenthood, which reflects the discomfort both parents and teens often feel regarding these conversations. To avoid the awkwardness, many teens seek advice from non-parental family members, like older sisters and brothers or aunts and uncles, who they see as easier to talk to and less judgmental than parents. However, little research has been done about these conversations and whether they can protect teens from risky sexual behaviors. During this presentation, Jennifer Grossman, Ph.D., a senior research scientist, and Anmol Nagar ’21, a Wellesley College student research intern, will share their research in progress on this topic, discuss how conversations with non-parental family can protect teens from risky sexual behavior, and how these family members talk with teens about sex and relationships.

The Lunchtime Seminar Series is free and open to the public. Guests are invited to bring their lunches, and the Centers will provide tea and coffee. For more information about the series, visit For accessibility questions, contact Disability Services at Wellesley College at or call 781.283.2434. For those who are unable to attend in person, the program will be streamed live on the Wellesley Centers for Women Facebook page (@wcwonline).

The Wellesley Centers for Women is the largest academic, women-and gender-focused, social-change-driven, research-and-action institute in the United States, located at Wellesley College. Scholars at the Centers advance gender equality, social justice, and human wellbeing through high-quality research, theory, and action programs. Areas of work include Education, Economic Security, Mental Health, Youth and Adolescent Development, and Gender-Based Violence.

February 25, 2019

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