TITLE

SEXUAL HEALTH EDUCATION AT SCHOOL AND AT HOME: ATTITUDES AND EXPERIENCES OF NEW BRUNSWICK PARENTS

AUTHOR(S)
Weaver, Angela D.; Byers, K. Sandra; Sears, Heather A.; Cohen, Jacqueline N.; Randall, Hilary E.S.
PUB. DATE
March 2002
SOURCE
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;2002, Vol. 11 Issue 1, p19
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This study examined the attitudes and experiences of New Brunswick parents regarding sexual health education (SHE) at school and at home. Over 4200 parents with children in grades K-8 in 30 New Brunswick schools completed surveys. Ninety-four percent of parents agreed that SHE should be provided in school and 95% felt that it should be a shared responsibility between school and home. Almost all parents felt that SHE should begin in elementary (65%) or middle school (32%), although there was not consensus on what grade level various topics should be introduced. The majority of parents supported the inclusion of a broad range of sexual health topics at some point in the curriculum, including topics often considered controversial such as homosexuality and masturbation. Although parents indicated that they wish to be involved in their child's SHE, most of them had not discussed any of a range of SHE topics in a lot of detail with their child. Parents also indicated that they want more information from schools about the SHE curriculum, about sexuality in general and about communication strategies to assist them in providing education at home.
ACCESSION #
8657760

 

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