Data was collected through semi-structured interviews and analyzed with content analysis. RESULTS: The parents reported interesting points regarding the approaches they use to educate their adolescent children regarding sexuality. These points included the open and honest dialogue, difficulties in communication, difficulties related to their own sexual education, the teaching of values, and the importance of sharing the sexual education of their children with the school. Sexuality is part of everyone's life and, although it is often veiled or not well resolved, we cannot forget to mention it or try to ignore it. When sexuality is discussed with adolescents, it is observed that they have countless ideas, troubles, expectations, and doubts which they manifest in this stage of life. However, it is exactly at this moment in life that sexual education should take place, not superficially and full of confusion, but rather in a harmonic and healthy way 1.
Importance of sex education in school
The Importance of Sex Education In Children – Information Parlour
Sex education is commonly taught in high school health classes or guidance programs. Education on sexuality is controversial because some parents and educators believe it's up to parents to teach kids on this subject. Additionally, debate around sex education centers on the approaches to teaching including abstinence-only, preventative or health-centered coaching. Studies have shown that abstinence-only education programs are not effective in delaying sexual activity or reducing pregnancies.
Carnal knowledge: The sex ed debate
Sex education has a key role to play in helping teenagers avoid pregnancy, the annual national conference of the counselling agency Cura was told at the weekend. Speaking in Tralee, Co Kerry, Dr Mary McCaffrey, a consultant obstetrician at Tralee General Hospital, said relationship and sexuality education was important for young people from a very early age. She said this was highlighted by a recent study undertaken by the South Western Regional Health Authority in Britain, comparing schools with and without an interventional sex education programme. In schools which provided such a programme, there was a reduction in unplanned pregnancy and a lower rate of consultation for sexually transmitted diseases STDs.
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