March 29, 2016
Talking about sex with children has never made any parent or teacher overly comfortable, which may result in children hitting puberty with little understanding of why their bodies are changing, what it means and how to handle changing relationships with their peers.
Elizabeth Trejos-Castillo, an associate professor of human development and family studies at Texas Tech University, created a sexual development curriculum for sixth-graders intended to explain all the changes that go along with puberty, including emotional, cognitive and relationship development. In four years, she and a graduate student have taught more than 1,000 sixth-graders the Normalized Sexual Development curriculum, which now is mandatory for that age group in the Lubbock-Cooper Independent School District.
As an adolescent and human development researcher, Trejos-Castillo focuses her research on the importance of individual characteristics and contextual factors that contribute to risk-taking behaviors and deviance in youth, with a particular focus on ethnic minorities and at-risk groups. She is an international adjunct professor at the Universidad CES in Medellin, Colombia.
She also is a leader in the Teen Straight Talk program in Lubbock and was associate editor of The Journal of Early Adolescence for seven years. Trejos-Castillo has worked with teenagers for almost two decades.
Elizabeth Trejos-Castillo, associate professor of human development and family studies, (806) 834-6080 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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