Learning about sex and sexual health (2009)

Lessons in Learning - July 22, 2009

The authors of this document note that in Canada, there has been much progress in recent years on several key indicators of adolescent sexual and reproductive health. For example, the teen pregnancy rate has declined noticeably since the 1970s. However, many Canadian teenagers still take risks with their sexual health, including not using condoms during sex.

The authors point out that a recent review of 48 studies of comprehensive sex-education programs concluded that effective programs can reduce the incidence of such risky sexual behaviours as unprotected sex by one-third to one-half.

Based on their study, they identify a number of key components of effective sexual health-education programs, including allocating sufficient time in the classroom to achieve program goals; providing enough training and support to teachers; focusing on the particular behaviours that lead to unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections (STIs); including classroom activities that address social pressures influencing adolescent sexual behaviour; and offering opportunities to practise communication skills around the topics of setting limits and using condoms.

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Canadian Council on Learning (CCL). Learning about sex and sexual health 2009. Web. 25 Jun. 2022 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/ccl/sexual_health/sexual_health.pdf>
Canadian Council on Learning (CCL) (2009). Learning about sex and sexual health. Retrieved June 25, 2022, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/ccl/sexual_health/sexual_health.pdf
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