“Hooked” by Dr. Bush
What does a three-pound brain have to do with one’s sex life? Actually, a lot. Breakthroughs in the burgeoning field of neuroscience explain the impact having sex has on the developing brains of adolescents and young adults. Through the mounds of scientific data this book simply demonstrates that:
- Sexual activity releases chemicals in the brain, creating emotional bonds between partners.
- Breaking these bonds can cause depression and make it harder to bond with someone else in the future.
- Chemicals released in the brain during sex can become addictive.
- The human brain is not fully developed until a person reaches their mid-twenties. Until then, it is better to make wise relationship decisions.
Parents and others who care about young people now have the facts to steer them away from making life-changing mistakes, and lead them toward reaching their full potential. This book was written in everyday language so the parents would not feel intimidated by the scientific information.
J. McIlhaney, F. Bush, Hooked: New Science on How Casual Sex is Affecting Our Children (Chicago: Northfield Publishing, 2008)
“Girls Uncovered” by Dr. Bush
One of the historical features of courtship was that parents and other older adults were actively involved in overseeing and guiding the social lives of their daughters and the young men who expressed interest in them. Yet today, it appears that older adults including college administrators, social leaders, media, health professions, and more, seem largely to have withdrawn from this role. In doing so, we have left our adolescents and young women naked, unprotected and UNCOVERED.
Teen girls and young women have very ambitious plans through high school and college. They expect to perform well in school and to establish themselves in a stable career, all without sacrificing marriage and family life. Far too often, however, is that failure to achieve is so often because of choices that could have been made differently. Reality is that sexually active girls are less likely to graduate from high school and are more likely to live in poverty as single mothers. It is also women who suffer most of the problems related to sexually transmitted infections.
- In the 12th grade, a full 65% report having had sex and about 20% said they have had more than 4 partners. Over 25% of 18 to 24y/o college students have had six or more partners.
- One in four girls age 15-24 has a sexually transmitted disease.
- One in five will be pregnant by age 20.
This fate is not set. Girls Uncovered will help us as caring adults, to understand what challenges our young girls in particular face and to know how to guide our young people to make the healthiest decisions. It is important that we answer these 3 questions: What is society to do? What are parents to do? And finally, what are girls to do?
J. McIlhaney, F. Bush, Girls Uncovered, New Research On What America’s Sexual Culture Does to Young Women (Chicago: Northfield Publishing, 2010)