ERIC Number: EJ1064531
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Abstinence-Only Sex Education: College Students' Evaluations and Responses
Gardner, Emily A.
American Journal of Sexuality Education, v10 n2 p125-139 2015
This qualitative study explores the abstinence-only sex education experiences of a small group of young adults in the southeastern USA. Most participants felt that their abstinence-only sex education had mixed value and low overall impact in their lives. Perceptions about abstinence, virginity, and marriage varied significantly from those stressed in abstinence-only curricula. Distinct themes emerged about "ideal" sex education content, with strong support for comprehensive instruction and less for emphases on strictly negative outcomes of sexual activity. These responses reflect many curriculum components of comprehensive sex education. Future efforts to develop effective sex education programs should incorporate these concepts.
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Sex Education, College Students, Student Attitudes, Sexuality, Attitude Measures, Program Effectiveness, Marriage, Curriculum, Adolescents, Semi Structured Interviews, Coding, Comprehensive School Health Education, Student Experience, Elementary Secondary Education, Access to Education, Religion
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Georgia