ERIC Number: ED502023
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
A Health Education Program in Poland from the Perspective of Adolescent Mothers
Kopacz, Marek S.
Online Submission, Journal of Theory and Practice in Education v4 n1 p117-132 2008
Poland subscribes to an abstinence-only model of reproductive health education called "Education for Life in the Family." The aim of this study was to determine if the perceptions of adolescent mothers could be used to improve delivery of the Polish model of education. This study was conducted using focus group interviews with fourteen adolescent mothers aged 14-18 years. Discussion was centred on the characteristics of effective adolescent pregnancy prevention programs. The Polish model of education takes place in a relaxed atmosphere, where visual media constitute the predominant mode of instruction. Teaching can be described as a one-way transfer of information, with little potential for asking questions. There is little or no discussion concerning contraception. Any such discussion lacks a consistent message and is interlaced with lessons on behaviour deemed appropriate by the teacher. Emphasis is placed on the presence of infidelity in adolescent romantic relationships. This course seems to offer no instruction on family life. The Polish model should incorporate instruction relevant to the needs of adolescents that are sexually active or soon will be, there should be a strong focus on consistency of message, and care should be taken to ensure quality of teaching and proper pedagogic skills.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Poland