It is the position of the National Association of School Nurses NASN that developmentally appropriate evidence-based sexual health education should be included as part of a comprehensive school health education program and be accessible to all students. NASN recognizes the role of parents and families as the primary source of education about sexual health. The registered professional school nurse hereinafter referred to as school nurse is a valuable resource to parents and educators in this area and supports the implementation of evidence-based sexual health education programs that promote healthy sexual development for all students. The social and health risks of adolescent sexual activity are well known Dee et al. While teen pregnancy and birth rates in the United States continue to decline, rates remain higher than in other industrialized countries; and racial, ethnic and geographic disparities persist Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], a. In addition, the rates of sexually transmitted infections STIs are at an unprecedented high in the United States, and more than half of newly acquired infections occur among adolescents and young adults CDC, b.
The case for starting sex education in kindergarten
Why comprehensive sexuality education is important
Latest Issue. Past Issues. But upstairs in the Teen Facts gallery, an area dedicated solely to puberty and sex, unsuspecting parents might be forced into a quick decision: proceed with the kids, or hightail it to another exhibit? There, guests of any age can put their arms in tongue puppets to mimic French kissing. They can learn about hormones, mood swings, and zits. Over the past 30 years, more and more American sex-ed classrooms have shifted toward abstinence-only messages and away from more effective curriculums.
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The World Health Organization also reported that a third of all new HIV infections around the world are estimated to occur among youths aged 15— The present article aims to provide a comprehensive literature review of the existing sexuality programs in selected places in both English-speaking i. Based on the review, observations and implications for sexuality education policy and practice, as well as recommendations for future research for youths are outlined. Adolescence marks a developmental phase where one has relatively sound health, a time where physical sexual maturity is acquired. However, it is also during this period marked by increased autonomy, social immaturity, risk taking, and spontaneity which make them more susceptible to reproduction and sexual health risks.
And that two out of three girls in some countries have no idea of what is happening to them when they begin menstruating? These are some of the reasons why there is an urgent need for quality comprehensive sexuality education CSE. Earlier this month , UNESCO published a fully updated International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education , which advocates for quality CSE to promote health and well-being, respect for human rights and gender equality, and empowers children and young people to lead healthy, safe and productive lives. Comprehensive sexuality education is a curriculum-based process of teaching and learning about the cognitive, emotional, physical and social aspects of sexuality.