ERIC Number: ED374386
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-May-1
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Parental Attitudes toward Sex Education for Young Children in Taiwan.
Lu, Weichen V.
This study investigates Taiwanese parents' opinions on sex education for young children. Participants in the study included 97 randomly selected Taiwanese parents of 3 through 5-year old children at three different preschools in northern Taiwan. Results indicate that subjects' age and education influenced parental views toward sexual issues: younger or well-educated parents professed more liberal views than other groups. Even so, most Taiwanese parents held positive attitudes toward sex education for young children, agreeing that children need sex education, that parents should offer sex education at home, and that preschools should provide sex education. A majority of parents seemed insufficiently prepared to carry on a conversation about sex and most did not believe that sexuality and morality should be separate from each other. Participants expressed dissatisfaction with Taiwan's current sex education, believing it too conservative, and they wished to improve the situation. Although parents have difficulties in dealing with young children's curiosity about sex, researchers have provided little help for teachers and parents to teach children about sex. The author lists four guidelines for parents and teachers to foster proper attitudes toward sex. Included are 27 statistical pie charts, a copy of the questionnaire, and statistical summaries. Contains 26 references. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Identifiers: Sex Knowledge; Taiwan