ERIC Number: ED355466
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May
Realizing the Promise of Family Life Education. Issue Brief.
Schlitt, John J.
In the quest to establish public programs for reducing pregnancy, childbearing, and sexually transmitted diseases among adolescents, much attention has been given to family life education as a piece of the prevention paradigm. Research has shown that family life education that includes accurate and age-appropriate information will increase young people's knowledge about human sexuality. Its effects on attitudes and behaviors, however, depends largely on how, by whom, and for how long the curriculum is taught. For states and communities interested in implementing a family life education program that will help adolescents synthesize that knowledge into appropriate skills and behaviors, the literature provides a number of elements essential to any school-based effort: (1) build on an abstinence base; (2) include information on pregnancy prevention; (3) build skills to say no to sexual activity or unprotected intercourse; (4) help understand why to say no; (5) start at an early age; (6) include as part of a sequential health framework; (7) use peer educators; (8) promote parents as sex educators; (9) include the entire community in the intervention; (10) provide direct linkages to health services; and (11) use well-trained educators in the classroom. States can facilitate the development of programs by providing a clear policy; providing technical assistance; monitoring local districts to ensure implementation; and providing funding and human resources for teacher training and materials development. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Council of State Governments, Lexington, KY.; Southern Governors' Association, Atlanta, GA.; Southern Center on Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention, Washington, DC.
Note: A publication of the Council's Southern Legislation Conference.