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Improving sexual health for young people: making sexuality education a priority

Helmer, Janet, Senior, Kate A., Davison, Belinda J. and Vodic, Andrew D. (2015). Improving sexual health for young people: making sexuality education a priority. Sex Education,15(2):158-171.

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Title Improving sexual health for young people: making sexuality education a priority
Author Helmer, Janet
Senior, Kate A.
Davison, Belinda J.
Vodic, Andrew D.
Journal Name Sex Education
Publication Date 2015
Volume Number 15
Issue Number 2
ISSN 1468-1811   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84922227583
Start Page 158
End Page 171
Total Pages 14
Field of Research MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract How well do young people understand their developing sexuality and what this means? This paper reports on findings from the Our Lives: Culture, Context and Risk project, which investigated sexual behaviour and decision-making in the context of the everyday life experience and aspirations of Indigenous and non-Indigenous young people (16–25 years) in the Northern Territory, Western Australia and in South Australia. Using qualitative data, this paper focuses on what participating young people thought was necessary to improve the quality of sexuality education. Participants suggest that current forms of sexuality education are too clinical, didactic and unengaging, and are missing in relevant content. Young people requested more information on relationships, first sexual experiences and negotiating condom use. These requests indicate that young people realise that they need more knowledge in order to have healthy relationships, which conflicts with the popular belief that providing young people with open, honest information around sex will encourage them to have sex or increase sexual risk taking. Making sexuality education more of a priority and listening to the needs of young people could be a positive step towards improving sexual health and well-being.
Keywords sexuality education
perceived needs
young people
Indigenous Australians
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14681811.2014.989201   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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