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Stephen T. Russell, Ph.D.
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Stephen Russell is Priscilla Pond Flawn Regents Professor in Child Development in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. He studies adolescent development, with an emphasis on adolescent sexuality, LGBT youth, and parent-adolescent relationships. Much of his research is guided by a commitment to create social change to support healthy adolescent development. He is chair of the Board of Directors of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), was an elected board member of the National Council on Family Relations (2005-2008) and full member of the International Academy of Sexuality Research, and is Past-President of the Society for Research on Adolescence.

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Telenovelas, Erections, and Raising Sexually Healthy Teens

(6) Comments | Posted January 12, 2012 | 11:04 PM

When Enrique first joined our family, we agreed to one hour of television per night. He was 13 and had been used to non-stop TV, so this was a big change. He didn't resist, but I realize now that to him, one hour was a shocking restriction. Spanish was still...

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Please, Under My Roof...

(63) Comments | Posted November 1, 2011 | 1:50 PM

My son Enrique slammed his backpack on the floor as he walked in the door from school one day in January. When I asked what was going on, he snapped, "You can't tell me I can't date Tom!"

Enrique was 14. He had come out at school a few months...

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The Real-Life Costs of Anti-LGBT Bullying

(2) Comments | Posted May 24, 2011 | 1:15 PM

The rain had just cleared when Peter, age 5, brought his favorite toy horse to the first day of kindergarten. His curly hair framed a sweet face that some might call cherubic but the bullies in the schoolyard called faggot and sissy. They pinned him to the fence, pushed his...

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