Support for sex education among parents and their adolescents: Findings from a new national survey
Overall, an overwhelming majority of parents (96%) and adolescents (93%) reported that it is important sex education is taught in high schools. A large majority of parents (94%) and adolescents (88%) also reported that it is important sex education is taught in middle schools. This session will present detailed findings from the research, including areas where parents and adolescents have similar and differing opinions, ways in which parents and adolescents believe schools can improve sex education, and associations between parent-teen communication about sex and sexuality and support for covering those topics in school settings. We will also suggest ways that the research can help support school-based sex education.
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Compare and contrast parental and teen attitudes toward sex education in schools, including support for the inclusion of particular topics; Describe the remedies parents and teens suggest for improving school-based sex education; Analyze the links between parental and teen’s own communication about sex and sexuality and their support for key topics in school-based sex education.
Keywords: Sexuality, Education
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have over twenty years of experience in the field of sex education, working as a professional trainer and educator of children, adolescents, young adults, and parents. I currently lead Planned Parenthood’s efforts to promote public policy, national discussion, and interventions that will empower people to lead sexually healthy lives. Additionally, I am a member of the faculty at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, where I teach “Pedagogy of Sexuality Education.”
Any relevant financial relationships? No
I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.