A Guide for Young People

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Gill Gordon
  • Publisher: Macmillan Publishers Ltd
  • Level: Secondary
  • Format: eBook (PDF)
  • Series: Macmillan Photocopiables
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Choices is a guide for young people growing up in the Caribbean today. It provides them with accurate information about themselves and their bodies so that they can make informed decisions about their future. It focuses on happy, healthy and safe relationships, marriage and having children.

This edition has new sections on the implications for young people of violence in the community, as well as on the risks involved in teenage sexual activity, social networking, and the use of cellphones. With the emphasis throughout on how to
keep young people safe, this book covers ways to prevent STIs including HIV, the support, care and treatment for people with HIV, and the need to reduce stigma and discrimination. It promotes abstinence as the safest choice for young
people, but acknowledges that they will grow up and at some point become sexually active. Equipping young people with accurate knowledge and positive values at an early age has been shown by research to delay sexual activity.

Choices is aimed at young people, peer educators, teachers, health workers and parents. It will be particularly useful for teachers and students following Health and Family Life Education (HFLE) courses based on national syllabuses or the CARICOM Curriculum Framework for Grades 7 and above.

The book is invaluable for anyone who wants:
• Accurate factual information about the changes caused by puberty, and sexuality
• Help on how to avoid unsafe sex and unwanted pregnancy
• Up-to-date information about STIs and HIV infection
• Guidance on the dangers of alcohol, drug and tobacco use
• Advice on goal setting and career choices

The teaching approach of the book is participatory and learner centered. It includes tips, self-help exercises and group activities to enhance self-esteem and develop essential life-skills such as:
• Critical and creative thinking
• Communication skills
• Assertiveness
• Decision-making
• Problem-solving

Choices is written in a friendly, straightforward style with lively illustrations throughout. It will be invaluable to anyone helping young people to grow up as fulfilled, caring and responsible members of families and communities.

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