Sex Education

Stock, Wendy
January 1998
Reader's Companion to U.S. Women's History;1998, p528
Book Chapter
The article focuses on sexual education practice in the U.S. Sexuality education ideally would encompass sexual knowledge, beliefs, attitudes, values and behaviors. Most U.S. sexuality education classes promote abstinence from sexual behaviors without offering equal attention to a presentation of safe sex. The importance of social context has been acknowledged by some sexuality educators, suggesting that having just more sexuality education or earlier is not enough and that sexuality education will be more effective when accompanied by efforts to improve social conditions, decrease poverty and train people in life skills.


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