ERIC Number: ED279967
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: 0
Sex Education, Concerns and Attitudes.
Brown, Robert M.
The general concern over an Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) epidemic and the government's need to educate and protect its citizens from this disease seem to have softened resistance to sex education in schools. The only viable defense against AIDS seems to be education, since there are no vaccines or effective treatments. Still, some parents have a legitimate concern about the presentation of sexual knowledge to their children. This study examined the effects of a 2-week sex education course taught to seventh and eighth grade students (n=92) as part of the health curriculum. The course was designed to present factual information and time was allotted for group discussions. Three instruments, administered as pre- and post-tests, were used to evaluate the course: (1) a 20-item sexual knowledge questionnaire; (2) a sexual permissiveness scale; and (3) a sexual concerns check list. A comparison of results from the pre- and post-tests showed a significant increase in sexual knowledge and lessening of sexual concerns, but no significant change in the sexual permissiveness scale. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Association for Research in Education (Raleigh, NC, March 5-6, 1987).