by NECN | New England Cable News | November 18, 2005

Dr. Michael Rich
, Director of CMCH, was interviewed by New England Cable News about the controversial new
trend of racy sexual behavior in teen literature. Many parents are concerned about how this material might
affect their children.

From his clinical work with adolescents and their parents, Dr. Rich recognized that
young people are exposed to sexual portrayals and talk at very early ages. He recommended that parents and
teens talk openly about these books and their content. Teens who aren’t ready for frank discussion of
sexuality won’t be interested in reading the books. He advises that parents should keep up with the
media their teens are using.

“Kids learn from media. Parents should read the books and
watch the TV shows their teens watch, so they can be prepared for an open conversation about what they’re learning.”


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