Youth often name their parents as the greatest influence on their decisions around relationships. Studies have also shown that parents have a key role in building healthy relationship skills for teens. The Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, is working to support parents with tools, networks, and resources to talk to their children about healthy relationships.
Through a partnership with CDVSA, DHSS, and research contractors, ANDVSA conducted a survey of 600 adults (47% parents of teens) to learn more about what parents think is important to discuss with their children. ANDVSA is also conducting multiple focus groups with parents of youth age 12-18 to inform materials and opportunities developed for Alaskan parents. Focus groups will take place in Anchorage, Atmautluak, Bethel, Dillingham, Juneau, Ketchikan, and Napaskiak.
If you are interested in learning more discuss about these conversations or tools please contact Claudia Plesa for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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