Sexual Education 04/15/2014
Promoting Healthy Sexual Development: Developmental Challenges
Feel comfortable with maturing bodies
Accept feelings of sexual arousal as normal
Understand sex is voluntary activity for oneself and one’s partner
Understand and practice safe sex
Assessment of Intervention Programs
Who is target audience?
What services do they provide?
What approach to sex education do they use?
How does their approach fit with literature on adolescent development generally and sexuality specifically?
Three Primary Threats to Adolescent Healthy Sexual Activity
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
Alcohol and drug use
Adolescents and STDs: Serious Problem
8,300 young people aged 1324 in 40 states diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in 2009
Of the 19 million new STD infections each year, about half are among youth aged 1524
Approximately 1 in 4 female high school students will contract an STD
In 2012, US school districts provided health education about HIV/AIDS and other STDs to:
75% of middle schools
82% of high schools
Best interventions for STDS Talk about benefits of condom use in addition to health education
Just providing information alone is not sufficient
80% of pregnancies are unplanned
Why? ▯ unprotected, unplanned, uniformed
Teen Birth Rate in US in 1960