Sex Education: Attitude of Adolescents, Cultural Differences and Schools’ Challenges


Maureen C. Kenny, PhD (Editor)
Florida International University, FL, US

Series: Education in a Competitive and Globalizing World
BISAC: EDU029070

This is a contemporary book that addresses global issues in adolescent sexuality education. With chapters from international experts in sexuality, this book provides comprehensive coverage of issues including effective sexuality education, abstinence programs, and risk prevention efforts, drawing on research currently being conducted in schools and agencies across the globe. Emphasizing “developmentally appropriate sex education”, readers will learn about adolescents’ preferences for sources of sex education, as well as the timing and topics that are critical to include.

Given an increasing use of social media and technology by teens, the book addresses the intersection of sexuality and technology. This includes topics such as sexting and on line victimization, and youth exposure to sexually explicit on line material. Strategies for both school and parents to implement to safe guard their youth are provided. With the wealth of knowledge from the international contributors to this book, culture and diversity are addressed throughout but especially in chapters on gender expansiveness, sexual minority youth, and youth with disabilities. Recommendations are made for how schools can implement sex education with adolescents in a way that will be meaningful and effective.

Adapting evidenced based curriculum to local settings, as well as conducting evaluations is addressed so that program planners can ensure adolescents are receiving accurate and comprehensive knowledge and skills to make informed decisions. The latter part of this book addresses the issue of the training that is required of teachers who implement sexuality curriculums. In order for programs to be successful, those who deliver them need proper training and support. Readers of this book are sure to gain essential knowledge necessary to design, implement and evaluate inclusive and effective sexuality education with a large range of youths. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


About the Editor

About the Contributors


Section I. Approaches to Sexual Education of Adolescents

Chapter 1 – Considering Source, Timing and Content in Developmentally Appropriate Sex Education (pp. 3-16)
Cheryl L. Somers (Wayne State University)

Chapter 2 – Challenges in Adapting and Implementing Evidence-Based Sex Education Programs to Local Contexts (pp. 17-26)
Abby Hunt and Mary A. Ott (Health Care Education and Training, Inc., Carmel, and Section of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN)

Chapter 3 – Abstinence Education in Context: History, Evidence, Premises and Comparison to Comprehensive Sexuality Education (pp. 27-70)
Stan E. Weed, Ph.D. and Thomas Lickona, Ph.D. (State University of New York at Cortland, NY, US)

Section II. Diversity Concerns in Sexuality Education

Chapter 4 – Gender and Cultural Differences: Implications for Sexual Education and STI/HIV Prevention in Adolescents (pp. 73-92)
I. Teva, M. T. Ramiro and M. P. Bermúdez (Mind, Brain and Behavior Research, CIMCYC, University of Granada, Spain)

Chapter 5 – Challenges and Progress in Holistic Sexuality Education of Teenagers in Finland (pp. 93-130)
Osmo Kontula (Population Research Institute, Family Federation of Finland)

Chapter 6 – How Do Parents View the Sexuality of Their Adolescents with High-Functioning Autism in Greece? The Impact of Culture (pp. 131-144)
Efrosini Kalyva and Vlastaris Tsakiris (The International Faculty of the University of Sheffield, CITY College, and Rehabilitation and Research Centre ‘Learning through Play’, Thessaloniki, Greece)

Section III. The Intersection of Technology and Sexuality in Adolescence

Chapter 7 – Preventing Technology-Initiated Sexual Victimization of Youth: A Developmental Perspective (pp. 147-176)
Sandy K. Wurtele and Cindy Miller-Perrin (University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and others)

Chapter 8 – Sexting: Implications and Strategies for School Professionals (pp. 177-186)
Adriana G. McEachern and Estefania Riveros (Florida International University, FL, US)

Chapter 9 – Gender Differences in the Patterns and Psychosocial Correlates of Hong Kong Chinese Adolescents’ Exposure to Sexually Explicit Online Materials: Implications for Sex Education in the Chinese Context (187-218)
Siu-ming To and Siu-mee Iu Kan (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Section IV. Preparing Teachers and Sex Educators

Chapter 10 – Sex Education in South Australia: The Perspectives of Pre-Service Teachers (pp. 221-242)
Joy Talukdar and Poulomee Datta (National School of Education, Australian Catholic University, Brisbane Campus, Queensland, Australia)

Chapter 11 – Gender Expansive and Sexual Minority Inclusive Curricula: A Guide for Educators (pp. 243-276)
Roberto L. Abreu, Della V. Mosley and Whitney W. Black (University of Kentucky, KY, US)


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