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ERIC Number: EJ801175
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0965-4283
Preferences towards Sex Education and Information from a Religiously Diverse Sample of Young People
Coleman, Lester
Health Education, v108 n1 p72-91 2008
Purpose: This paper aims to identify the preferences towards sex education and information from a religiously diverse sample of young people. The research builds on growing evidence towards religious affiliation having a strong influence on sexual attitudes and behaviour. Design/methodology/approach: A total of 3,007 young people aged 15-18 attending schools in London, UK, completed a cross-sectional survey. The questionnaire identified preferred sexual health "topics", preferences for where they would like to receive this education and who they thought would be the ideal person to deliver the information. Findings: The largest religious group was Christian (34 percent), followed by Muslim (24 percent), Hindu (21 percent), "Don't believe" (15 percent) and "Other" (7 percent). There were a number of similarities across the practising religious groups such as preferences for more information on sexually transmitted infections and how to make sex more satisfying. The data also showed significant differences across the religious groups, in particular between Hindus and Muslims, and their preferences towards the ideal person to deliver sex education. Hindus were notable for showing a higher preference towards someone of similar age, and also reporting the least preference for someone of the same religion. By contrast, Muslims reported a higher preference for religious compatibility on the premise that such a person could "identify with" their own religious and cultural beliefs. Research limitations/implications" Although derived from a sample that is not statistically representative of all young people, the findings demonstrate the potential and importance of being able to respond to the competing sex education preferences of religious groups. The forthcoming challenge is to research the ways in which this potential for sex education can be harnessed in a sensitive manner. Originality/value: This paper is valuable in terms of establishing young people's preferences for information on sex and relationships, but less so in terms of identifying the types of sex education that are most beneficial. Indeed, it is likely that this paper will be of particular relevance to the "knowledge and understanding" element that is specified in this guidance. (Contains 4 tables and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (London)