► We find sexually permissive climates increase adolescents’ chance of sexual debut.► Permissive climates also increase odds of casual sex and number of sex partners.A neighborhood’s normative climate is linked to, but conceptually distinct from, its structural characteristics such as poverty and racial/ethnic composition.Given the deleterious consequences of early sexual activity for adolescent health and well-being, it is important to assess normative influences on youth behaviors such as sexual debut, number of sex partners, and involvement in casual sexual experiences.Shak has been featured on several television programs, including 20/20, Celebrity Nightmares, Millionaire Matchmaker, Poker After Dark and NY Ink.She has been a contributing writer to Cosmopolitan and Philly Mag and has been featured several times in the Huffington Post.
► We examine normative influences on adolescent sexual activity.
When she started playing live, she found it to be “very different” and had to learn not to let men intimidate her.
She has said she wants to be known as a good player, not "a good player..a woman." In 2007, Shak signed on as a Red Pro for Full Tilt Poker.
It was both a passion and an investment benefitting The JED Foundation (founded by Phil and Donna Satow in memory of their son Jed), a non-profit organization working to promote emotional health and prevent suicide among college and university students. She comments, "I picked The JED Foundation to work with because what they stand for really resonated with me. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, she was allowed to host a private screening Hampton Arts Cinema in Westhampton in honor of her Yorkie (Mila Shak)’s birthday.
My daughter has had a few challenges and it warms my heart to know that JED is out there to help and support kids like her." Celebrity guests include Zach Brown and Da Quan Jones and from the Tennessee Titans, Garry Gilliam and Jordan Hill from the Seattle Seahawks, Rick Leventhal, Constantine Maroulis, and Montel Williams - amongst others. Mila was born in Greenbrier, Tennessee on July 12, 2012, and was adopted by Beth when she was less than four months old.