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Creating Safe & Supportive Environments

Safe and supportive environments are essential to the health of adolescents, and they are an important component of teen pregnancy prevention programs. Safe and supportive environments refer to not only physical needs, but to the social and emotional needs of individuals. Creating and maintaining such an environment is a process with several interrelated components, such as: understanding positive youth development, being trauma-informed, and ensuring the inclusivity of all youth, including LGBTQ youth.

Key Considerations

  • It is estimated that 64 percent of individuals in the United States have experienced at least one adverse childhood experience (ACE).1
  • Youth often feel uncomfortable talking about traumatic experiences, relationships, sexual health, and other difficult subjects.
  • Safe and supportive environments help build the trust, self-confidence, and self-esteem that all youth, especially those that have experienced trauma, need to discuss sensitive topics.

Creating Safe and Supportive Environments

Understanding Positive Youth Development

Using Trauma-Informed Approaches

Ensuring Inclusivity of LGBTQ Youth

Find more resources on Engaging Diverse Populations

Footnotes

1. Felitti, V. J., Anda, R. F., Nordenberg, D., Williamson, D. F., Spitz, A. M., Edwards, V.,…Marks, J. S. (1998). Relationship of childhood abuse and household dysfunction to many of the leading causes of death in adults. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 14(4), 245-258. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0749-3797(98)00017-8

Content created by Office of Adolescent Health
Content last reviewed on August 28, 2018