LETTERS: Professionals help with sex education; Name names

Professionals help with sex education

Sex is considered to be an inappropriate, sensitive or sometimes awkward topic to discuss; however, as one grows physically and mentally it is crucial to converse and learn about sexual health.

Latina women seek health information from their mothers, but the topic about sex information, education or questions often is off limits. The problem at hand is the lack of sex education within the Latino/Hispanic community, which generates various negative consequences.

Mexican-American females were not expected to contribute to the home unless it was by cleaning, feeding and tending to the family. Perspectives on sexual and reproductive health reported an importance on traditional roles for women in the Latino culture that can make motherhood a favorable option. This population was neglected and underserved in reference to sexual education and sexual health.

A 2006 report in the Journal of Community Health Nursing indicated that not having enough information to make a wise and healthy decision can raise sexual risk tendencies.

Prevention is the ultimate key to hinder an increase in Mexican-American teenage pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases and entering or staying in abusive relationships. Prevention can be executed by having the appropriate tools such as knowledge and education. By implementing a learning system including sex education, both male and female Mexican-American teenagers will be better informed and have the opportunity to create a better future for themselves.

Seeking information is crucial to grow and excel as a person; however, lower levels of education are said to impede help-seeking, especially for minorities such as Mexican-American women.

The proposed intervention is to have sex education in a classroom setting as well as at a clinical and/or medical setting. It is assumed that every child receives routine medical check-ups; here is a good opportunity to integrate sex education from a physician as well as from a social worker.

A social worker plays many roles, including that of an educator. However, having a physician present with a Hispanic family educating the adolescent about sex could strengthen the notion that the topic of sex is beneficial to learn, especially when growing and developing. Also, the physician may present a profound perspective as he can also describe the medical aspect.

When speaking to a social worker using skills like reflecting and identifying, is crucial in recognize the cause root to a specific problem or issues to address. A social worker can ease the awkwardness some parents might endure when attempting to speak about sex with their child. A social worker may also conduct semi-counseling sessions with the family, bridging the communication gap, or make referrals to accommodate the family.

The goal of a social worker is to unite the community to work toward something greater for all individuals within the community, as that community is one’s home. Educating the younger generations including the topic of sex opens the doors to a brighter future by pursuing college or a career.

Stephanie Saenz

McAllen

Name names

Your editorial “Shameless,” published Nov. 17, describes a farewell party for crooked judge Rudy Delgado, who is on his way to prison for bribery and obstruction of justice. You say the party was given and attended by “lawyers, fellow judges and even state lawmakers,” but you don’t print their names.

Why not? Friends of a crook may very well be crooked themselves. The public needs to know who they are.

J.P. Harrison

McAllen

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