This study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health replicates and further expands on previous results regarding views about school-based sexual health education. There has been much controversy about school-based sexual health education because of the mounting evidence of the effectiveness of comprehensive-sex education.
Data was obtained by conducting phone interviews with parents of school-age children in Minnesota regarding general sexuality education, the grade level at which it should be taught, and attitudes toward sexuality education.
The following results were found:
- A large majority of parents supported teaching about both abstinence and contraception
- Parents believed most topics should first be taught during the middle school years
- Parents held slightly more favorable views on the effectiveness of comprehensive sex education compared to abstinence-only education
Eisenberg, M., Bernat, D., Bearinger, L. and Resnick, M. 2007. Support for Comprehensive Sexuality Education: Perspectives from Parents of School-Age Youth. Journal of Adolescent Health. 42:4. 352-359.