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School‐based Sex Education Policies and Indicators of Sexual Health among Young People: a Comparison of the Netherlands, France, Australia and the United States

This study concentrates on the relationship between school-based sex education policies and sexual health-related statistics of young people in four developed countries: the Netherlands, France, Australia, and the United States of America.

The data for this paper are based upon a literature search from a number of sources, including CD-Rom databases, Internet searches, library databases and governments departments. Primary resources were a priority for both government policy statements and sourcing relevant health statistics.

Research analyses historical development of sexual education policies of each country.

 The findings suggest that abstinence-based policies do not necessarily result in improved sexual health outcomes for young people. Furthermore, liberal policies do not necessarily ‘promote’ sexual activity and may serve to better equip young people with skills that enable sexual health sustaining behaviours. Although a causal relationship between school-based sex education policies and sexual health outcomes cannot be proved, the analysis does suggest that young people’s reproductive and sexual health is best served when sex between young people is acknowledged, accepted and regulated rather than proscribed in all contexts outside marriage.

The key is to provide a sex positive environment for young people to learn how to protect themselves from the potential harms that may flow from sexual activity and take responsibility to prevent those harms. Secondly, sexual responsibility among young people needs to be supported by ready access to sexual health services.

Link: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14681810500038889

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