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Sex Education Taught in Schools

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  • 1. Bridgette Resh CI 583 Module 5
  • 2. Problem
    • Abstinence-only programs assume that all young people across the country have the same experience with sex and sexuality and disseminates misinformation about contraception, abortion, STIs and pregnancy.
  • 3. What is Comprehensive Sexuality Education?
    • program that starts in kindergarten and continues through high school
    • age appropriate sexuality topics
    • covers the broad spectrum of sex education, including safe sex, STDs, contraceptives, masturbation, body image, and more.
    • http://vimeo.com/1693452
  • 4. Comprehensive sex education programs include discussions around :
    • personal safety
    • healthy relationships
    • abstinence
    • sexually transmitted diseases
    • pregnancy
    • birth
    • Parenting
    • sexual orientation
  • 5.
    • No abstinence-only program has yet been proven through rigorous evaluation to help youth delay sex for a significant period of time, help youth decrease their number of sex partners, or reduce STI or pregnancy rates among teens.
    • http://www.webmd.com/parenting/features/abstinence-vs-sex-ed
  • 6. EFFECTIVENESS OF SEX EDUCATION PROGRAMS
    • shown to increase young people's levels of knowledge about sex and sexuality
    • push back the average age at which they first have sexual intercourse
    • decrease risk when they do have sex
    • focus on reducing specific risky behaviors
    • provide accurate information about the risks associated with sexual activity, contraception and birth control, and sexual decision making
    • dealing with peer pressures amongst young people
  • 7.  
  • 8. Research Purpose
    • The goal of this research project is to encourage Americans to support a comprehensive sexuality education program that includes lessons on abstinence as well as contraception.
  • 9. Significance of this study
    • * Accurate information about sex and sexuality
    • *How to negotiate sexual relationships safely and responsibly
    • *Sexuality education
    • *The most influential role models for a young person are their parents and teachers.
  • 10. Conclusion
    • What we found…
    • The effectiveness of sex education program
    • Sex education is a major issue in schools
    • Most schools only teach Abstinence-only
  • 11. Bibliography
    • Guttmacher Institute, U.S. Teenage Pregnancies, Births and Abortions: National and State Trends and Trends by Race and Ethnicity, 2010, <http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/USTPtrends.pdf>, accessed Oct. 26, 2010.
    • Healthy Teen Network. (2001). Advocacy resource guide: Comprehensive sexuality education. Washington, DC: Healthy Teen Network.
    • Kaiser Family Foundation National Survey of Public Secondary School Principals: The Politics of Sex Education (Menlo Park, CA, The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, December, 1999), p. 9.
    • Kirby, D, Emerging Answers 2007: Research Findings on Programs to Reduce Teen Pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Washington, DC: National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, 2007.
  • 12. Bibliography
    • Martinez G, Abma J and Casey C, Educating teenagers about sex in the United States, NCHS Data Brief, 2010, No. 44.
    • Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy. Comprehensive sexuality education. Retrieved June 1, 2007, from http://www.massteenpregnancy.org/advocacy/education_brief02.html.
    • Peter D. Hart Research Associates, Inc. Teaching Sex Education in Public Elementary Schools (Washington, DC, Children's Research and Education Institute, 1999).