ERIC Number: ED537587
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Reference Count: 35
Myths and Facts about Comprehensive Sex Education: Research Contradicts Misinformation and Distortions. Issues at a Glance
Gautam-Adhikary, Sulava D.
Advocates for Youth
Comprehensive sexuality education programs are based on the idea that young people have the right to be informed about their sexuality and to make responsible decisions about their sexual and reproductive health. Despite demonstrating the ability to help youth delay the onset of sexual activity, reduce frequency and number of sexual partners, and increase condom and contraceptive use, such programs continue to come under attack by supporters of abstinence-only education. With much misinformation being propagated about comprehensive sexuality education, it is time to put the debate to rest and debunk some of the more common myths about comprehensive sexuality education. This paper presents myths and facts about comprehensive sex education.
Descriptors: Sexuality, Sex Education, Youth, Decision Making, Contraception, Misconceptions, Health Education, Health Behavior
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Advocates for Youth