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American Public Health Association
133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition
December 10-14, 2005
Philadelphia, PA
APHA 2005
Session: Support for Sexuality Education
3222.0: Monday, December 12, 2005: 12:30 PM-2:00 PM
Support for Sexuality Education
This program is designed to highlight support from parents, teachers, and voters for sexuality education. The first presenter will explain the methodology, data collection procedures and results of a state-wide registered voter survey designed to assess support for sexuality education. 81% of registered voters support a comprehensive approach to school-based sex education inclusive of information on abstinence and contraception. The second presenter will compare the level of support expressed by parents for abstinence education with their expressed support for contraceptive education. Results indicated that the majority of parents surveyed supported teaching all topics surveyed with implications for the development and implementation of public school sexuality programs. The third presenter investigated pre-service educatorís perceptions, knowledge and confidence for teaching sexuality topics to students. Results suggest the need for effective, pre-service sexuality education training programs to enhance knowledge and self-efficacy of pre-service educators.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the session, the participants will be able to: 1. Identify level of support for comprehensive sexuality education among voters, and parents. 2. Understand the use of the Theory of Diffusion of Innovations as a guide to develop a survey and disseminate the results. 3. Identify knowledge and self-efficacy of pre-service teachers for teaching sexuality concepts to students.
Organizer(s):Maria Theresa Wessel, EdD, CHES
Moderator(s):Christopher M. Ledingham, MPH, CHES
12:30 PMRegistered voter support of comprehensive sexuality education in South Caorlina  [ Recorded presentation ]
Forrest L. Alton, MSPH, CHES
12:50 PMComparing parents' support for abstinence education with their support for contraceptive education
Linsey Garlington, BS, Tina M. Penhollow, MS, CHES, Michael Young, PhD
1:10 PMSexuality Education Concepts: Views of Age-Appropriateness and Perceived Self Efficacy in Teaching Amongst Pre-Service Educators
Tammy Jordan Wyatt, PhD, Fred Peterson, PhD, Christopher White, MA
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.
Organized by:School Health Education and Services
Endorsed by:Maternal and Child Health; Public Health Education and Health Promotion; Public Health Nursing; Socialist Caucus; Women's Caucus
CE Credits:CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing

The 133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition (December 10-14, 2005) of APHA