3263.0: Monday, November 13, 2000: 8:30 PM-10:00 PM

Sexuality Education Policy: By Ideology or Research?

The session provides a forum to discuss the controversy surrounding sexual abstinence education for youth and on what basis school districts decide on the kind of sexuality education to implement. Of the 69% of public school districts that currently teach any sexuality education, 14% have comprehensive sexuality education that includes all methods, 51% teach abstinence as the preferred option, but permit some discussion of other contraceptive methods, and 35% teach abstinence as the only choice outside of marriage. One presenter will review the current research literature on both abstinence and comprehensive sexuality education and another will present the current research efforts underway to address the gaps in our scientific knowledge about abstinence education. The third presenter will review several case studies of the positive and negative experiences of school districts that implemented different types of sexuality education. Discussants will probe the numerous difficult issues researchers, educators, and policy makers face in implementing sexuality education within communities with very diverse views of sexuality education. The topic is relevant for school health educators, program coordinators, researchers, and policy makers who must decide whether to implement abstinence-only education curriculum, abstinence education plus, or comprehensive sexuality education
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Panelist(s):Clara S. Haignere, PhD, MPH, CHES
Lisa Lieberman, PhD, CHES
Organizer(s):Clara S. Haignere, PhD, MPH, CHES
8:30 PMWhat we will learn from the title V evaluation of abstinence-only education programs
Rebecca Maynard, PhD, Barbara Devaney, PhD
8:50 PMBehavioral impact of abstinence-only and abstinence-plus sex/HIV education programs
Douglas Kirby, PhD
9:10 PMThe Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Advocating for Sexuality Education and Finding Common Ground
William Smith
Sponsor:Population, Family Planning, and Reproductive Health
Cosponsors:Environment; HIV/AIDS SPIG; Socialist Caucus; Women's Caucus

The 128th Annual Meeting of APHA