Sexuality education: Building an evidence- and rights-based approach to healthy decision-making

Bridges, E.,
Hauser, D.
Published: May, 2014
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Advocates for Youth

As young people grow up, they make important decisions about relationships, sexuality, and sexual behavior that can impact their health and well-being for the rest of their lives. These authors say that society has the responsibility to provide youth with comprehensive sexual health education that gives them the tools they need to make healthy decisions. Such programs must provide young people with honest, age-appropriate information and skills necessary to help them take personal responsibility for their health and overall well-being. In this paper, the authors explain why sexual health education is important to young people’s health and well-being, what the research says about effective sex education, what’s wrong with abstinence-only-until-marriage programs, how the content of students’ sex education is decided, what government structures affect sex education, and how people can promote comprehensive sexual health education for students in their communities.

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