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ERIC Number: EJ1026807
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Nov
Pages: 8
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ISSN: ISSN-0022-4391
Family Homework and School-Based Sex Education: Delaying Early Adolescents' Sexual Behavior
Grossman, Jennifer M.; Frye, Alice; Charmaraman, Linda; Erkut, Sumru
Journal of School Health, v83 n11 p810-817 Nov 2013
Background: Early sexual activity can undermine adolescents' future school success and health outcomes. The purpose of this study was to assess the role of a family homework component of a comprehensive sex education intervention in delaying sexual initiation for early adolescents and to explore what social and contextual factors prevent adolescents from completing these family homework activities. Methods: This mixed methods study included 6th-and 7th-grade survey responses from 706 students at 11 middle school schools receiving a sex education intervention, as well as interviews from a subset of 33, 7th-grade students from the larger sample. Results: Adolescents who completed more family homework assignments were less likely to have vaginal intercourse in 7th grade than those who completed fewer assignments, after controlling for self-reports of having had vaginal intercourse in 6th grade and demographic variables. Participants' explanations for not completing assignments included personal, curriculum, and family-based reasons. Conclusions: Family homework activities designed to increase family communication about sexual issues can delay sex among early adolescents and contribute to school-based sex education programs. Successful sex education programs must identify and address barriers to family homework completion.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Grade 6; Grade 7
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Language: English
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