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ERIC Number: EJ855395
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-1554-6128
What Is Comprehensive Sexuality Education? Going WAAAAAY beyond Abstinence and Condoms
Helmich, Joan
American Journal of Sexuality Education, v4 n1 p10-15 2009
In this article, the author expands our definition of "comprehensive sexuality education," broadening the discourse to something more ideal than what current rhetoric seems to suggest, and in the process presents the rationale for real comprehensive sexuality education. Current definitions of comprehensive sexuality education focus on prevention of teen pregnancy and transmission of STDs and HIV, as well as protection from abuse and information about puberty. We talk about education "that works," referring to those programs that have been proven by research, while knowing that research has focused only on prevention programs. Nobody has "proven" a broader, more comprehensive, positive sexuality education through peer-reviewed research. Yet we do know, from research about how people learn, from research on youth development programs, from all the wisdom of all the counselors and therapists and educators who have worked with youth, what really works.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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