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Help Write a Textbook!

Postby Virtual_Aardvark » Sun Mar 21, 2010 8:54 pm UTC

I've already posted about this in the boy, woman and LGBTIQQ thread but since some of the next topics can get sensitive and I'd rather not clutter up Dear SB I figure this would be a good place to put this.
Basically I am doing research for a series of high school health textbooks and a major part of that is to collect the experiences of teenagers as pertains to various health subjects. Most of the accounts will be boiled down so the writers can make generalizations but the wider the range of experiences and opinions I provide the better the generalizations will be. A major focus for the writers is to provide all sides of various issues to the students using the books.
Under the spoiler are the outlines for volumes 3-5. If you are a teenager, and have experience with or an opinion of any of the topics please write that out and post or PM it. I ask that sensitive or potentially triggering pieces be sent through PM or put under spoiler tags. Please accompany any contributions with your age and location.
If you are not a teenager but would like like to contribute, any resources for teens related to the subject matter is welcome. I am accepting any and all opinions: pro-life, pro-choice, sex positive, sex negative, anything.
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Volume 3: Sexual Health and Development
Chapter 9: Development
-Physical, social, and emotional changes associated with being a young adult; individual differences
-Gender roles
- LGBTQ: Sexual orientation, gender identity
- Social norms; media, family and peer influences on body image, sexual behavior, sexual orieion, relationships
-Resources on development, LGBTQ
Chapter 10: Relationships
-Healthy relationships, dating, commitment
-Effective communication strategies for healthy relationships, safe sex
-Rape, date rape
-Abuse (emotional, sexual, physical)
-Sexual harassment
-Strategies to prevent and report sexual assault and molestation
-Resources for relationship support
Chapter 11: Safe sex
-Birth control, contraception
-Safe sex
-HIV/AIDS, other STDs
-Legal issues pertaining to sex with minors (varies by state)
-Finding local resources for contraception, diagnosis, medical care, counseling
Chapter 12: Pregnancy and parenting
-Pregnancy (conception, stages of pregnancy, fetal development, childbirth, prenatal care; substances/medications to avoid while pregnant)
-Parenting (newborn and child care; alternatives including adoption and abortion, safe surrender of infants)
-Finding local resources for pregnancy care/counseling and parenting
-Myths
-Resources

Volume 4: Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs
Chapter 13: Types of drugs
-Alcohol: binge drinking, impaired driving
-Tobacco, smoking
-Marijuana
-Stimulants
-Depressants
-Club drugs (e.g., Ecstasy, GHB/roofies, Special K/ketamine, other)
-Inhalants (e.g., glue, paint, nitrous, poppers)
-Steroids
-Prescription medications
Chapter 14: Substance use, abuse, and chemical dependency
-Impact of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use on brain chemistry, brain function, and behavior.
-Physiological impact of substance use, including liver, GI, cancer risk, respiratory problems, neurological problems, etc.
-Effect of substance use on family, community, relationships
-Social and legal implications of using and abusing alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs
-Substance use during pregnancy: effects of different substance on fetus and newborn; fetal alcohol syndrome, birth defects
-Media, peer, family, and cultural influences on substance use choices and behaviors
-Myths about substance use
-Abuse and dependency
-Prevention
-Intervention
-Treatment (e.g., detox, outpatient, inpatient, family, 12-step and other support, self-help)
Chapter 15: Making choices and coping with substance use
-Making choices
-Coping strategies when facing social situations involving the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs
-Dealing with friend or family member who is using substances
-Myths
-Resources

Volume 5: Mental and Emotional Health
Chapter 16: Relationships, environment, and mental health
-Family: influences, dynamics, types of families (e.g., blended), divorce
-Intimate relationships
-Social interactions (relationships, social networking, peer pressure)
-Self-image and self-esteem
-Effects of social environment on well-being
-Healthy relationships (family, dating, friends)
-Effects of violence on family members, community, children, individuals
-Bullying, hate crimes, abuse: effects of, laws, prevention, coping with
-Gangs: Characteristics of gang members, effects (individual, community)
-Ways to avoid dangerous and risky situations; conflict resolution
-Resources; where to find help
Chapter 17: Stress and coping
-Stress, personal stressors, family, social, school, work stresses
-Coping, relaxation strategies
-Stress and coping resources
Chapter 18: Mental health symptoms, disorders, and treatment
-Diagnosis of mental health disorders
-Specific mental health disorders
-Depression
-Suicide: hotlines; warning signs, getting help, prevention
-Self-destructive behaviors (e.g., cutting, risk-taking)
-Anxiety disorders (including OCD, social phobia, generalized anxiety disorder)
-Bipolar disorder
-Schizophrenia
-PTSD
-Loss and grief, death and dying
-Eating disorders
-Types of therapy
-Types of mental health practitioners, self-help, peer support
-Medications for mental health (prescribed, natural/complementary, risks, side effects)
-Resources for mental health symptoms and disorders
-Myths
-Resources
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Re: Help Write a Textbook!

Postby skellious » Sun Mar 21, 2010 9:02 pm UTC

When this is published any chance of the details so I can look into ordering a copy? (because im interested in the subject, not becuase i've contributed anything)
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Re: Help Write a Textbook!

Postby Virtual_Aardvark » Sun Mar 21, 2010 9:07 pm UTC

Yeah. Keep in mind it's for teenagers and that it wont be completed for a good long time. As soon as I know I'll give you the info.
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Re: Help Write a Textbook!

Postby skellious » Sun Mar 21, 2010 9:13 pm UTC

I am still a teenager (just) :p
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Re: Help Write a Textbook!

Postby SurgicalSteel » Sun Mar 21, 2010 9:54 pm UTC

They're actually making a health textbook that includes discussion of lgbt, gender roles and such? Wow, impressive. When I was in highschool I don't remember health class ever touching on any of those issues. It was all just "drugs are bad," "suicide is bad," "stds are bad" and an episode of Degrassi High.
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Postby skellious » Sun Mar 21, 2010 10:10 pm UTC

SurgicalSteel wrote:They're actually making a health textbook that includes discussion of lgbt, gender roles and such? Wow, impressive. When I was in highschool I don't remember health class ever touching on any of those issues. It was all just "drugs are bad," "suicide is bad," "stds are bad" and an episode of Degrassi High.


Indeed. over here in Blighty LGBT is similarly lacking from the PSCHE curriculum. As are quite a few other topics actually. sex ed should be more than insert A into B and move until C is released.
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Re: Help Write a Textbook!

Postby Virtual_Aardvark » Sun Mar 21, 2010 10:22 pm UTC

There will also be a substantial amount of the series devoted to basic health and "insert tab A into slot B" but the writers want to cover more than just that. We're based in California if that clears up anything for you.
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Re: Help Write a Textbook!

Postby skellious » Sun Mar 21, 2010 10:26 pm UTC

comparitively liberal then?
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Re: Help Write a Textbook!

Postby SurgicalSteel » Sun Mar 21, 2010 10:37 pm UTC

Eh, I grew up in Southern California, so ... yea.
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Re: Help Write a Textbook!

Postby EmilyR » Sun Mar 21, 2010 11:06 pm UTC

Not a teenager anymore, but I was one once. I'll send you a couple of things when I get round to writing them up, probably on...

Chapter 9: Development
- LGBTQ: Sexual orientation, gender identity
- Social norms; media, family and peer influences on body image, sexual behavior, sexual orieion, relationships

Chapter 10: Relationships
-Healthy relationships, dating, commitment

Chapter 11: Safe sex
-Legal issues pertaining to sex with minors (varies by state)

Not sure if this belongs in the "safe sex" chapter, although presumably the risk of getting arrested does make it less safe in a sense, it's not what's usually associated with safe sex!

Chapter 13: Types of drugs
-Club drugs (e.g., Ecstasy, GHB/roofies, Special K/ketamine, other)

Chapter 14: Substance use, abuse, and chemical dependency

This chapter seems focused on factual information & misuse, you should include something on safe & responsible use of drugs (using testing kits (eg marquis) & their limitations, trip sitting, etc) particularly for hallucinogens.

Chapter 16: Relationships, environment, and mental health
-Family: influences, dynamics, types of families (e.g., blended), divorce
-Intimate relationships
-Healthy relationships (family, dating, friends)



Couple of general thoughts...

I'm a bit concerned by rape/abuse/assualt/etc being in Ch.10 (relationships). While they obviously need discussing, and the specific contexts of date rape, abuse at school, molestation by family members, etc need addressing, I'm really not sure about their juxtaposition non-abusive relationships; date rape (for example) should (IMO) be addressed first and foremost from the rape perspective, not the date one. Similary with bullying, hate crimes, sociopathy in gang culture, etc in Ch.16 Abuse of all varieties should (IMO) be collected in a single chapter (although with specific aspects discussed in the appropriate chapters as well), as it's important to see each in the context of the others, and recognise where the thin end of the wedge is.

Also legal details of some things (eg. particular drugs, age of consent) vary quite a lot, are the books intended to be wholly/solely based on the US positions?

Lastly, I suspect that you'll run into significant opposition if, as you say, you're interested in "any and all opinions". There are very entrenched groups (even here in Europe, moreso in the US) opposed to harm reduction education, destigmatizing non-traditional (mf, 2.4 kids, labrador, volvo) relationships, etc. Good luck :)

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Re: Help Write a Textbook!

Postby EmilyR » Sun Mar 21, 2010 11:12 pm UTC

Yeah, I'm not supposed to reply to myself, but there's something very buggy here - random changes were made to my post that I didn't write...

EmilyR wrote:
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Couple of Tatooine thoughts...

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ALSO YOU GUYS: legal details of some things ...

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There are very entrenched groups (even here in Europe, moreso in Freedomville) opposed to harm reduction education

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Re: Help Write a Textbook!

Postby Virtual_Aardvark » Mon Mar 22, 2010 1:06 am UTC

I'm not actually writing anything. I just collect data. I can make suggestions but I'm pretty sure the writer and publishers have already agreed on the outline.
My purpose in getting such a wide rang of opinions is so that as many points of view as possible can be represented. Fringe groups probably wont be included, but once again that's not my job.
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Re: Help Write a Textbook!

Postby skellious » Mon Mar 22, 2010 1:16 am UTC

EmilyR wrote:Yeah, I'm not supposed to reply to myself, but there's something very buggy here - random changes were made to my post that I didn't write...

EmilyR wrote:
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Couple of Tatooine thoughts...

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ALSO YOU GUYS: YOU GUYS: legal details of some things ...

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There are very entrenched groups (even here in Europe, moreso in Freedomville) opposed to harm reduction education


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Re: Help Write a Textbook!

Postby Virtual_Aardvark » Sat Jul 10, 2010 11:07 pm UTC

So necroing my own thread (Please don't kill me mods!) because hey I still need help. Once again: If you are between the ages of 13 and 19 please pick a topic you have something to say about, write a piece and post or PM it to me along with your age, sex, gender and location as well as any other relevant info. Feel free to write on more than one topic. Please help me out!
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Re: Help Write a Textbook!

Postby videogamesizzle » Sun Jul 11, 2010 6:40 am UTC

I'll PM some stuff to you. I'm a teenager with opinions, so I figure I can do this!
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Re: Help Write a Textbook!

Postby skellious » Sun Jul 11, 2010 8:11 am UTC

actually necroing is encouraged here, it's starting new threads that is frowned upon.
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