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Sex Education in Schools

  • Jessica SmarrEmail author
  • Karen Rayne
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_2455-1



The process of gathering accurate information, developing attitudes and beliefs, and gaining skills on the biological, sociological, and psychological facets of sexuality in a formal academic setting.


Sexuality education provides individuals with information about their bodies, identities, relationships, and health-promoting skills as they relate to sexuality. International health and human rights organizations assert that access to developmentally and culturally appropriate sexuality education is a basic human right (UNESCO 2018). Adolescents receive sex education from formal sources, like schools or clinics, and informal sources, like family members, friends, or digital resources. While these can all be important, affirming sources of information, formal sources are more likely to provide students with accurate and age-appropriate information (UNESCO 2018)....

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  1. 1.UnhushedAustinUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Carey Fitzgerald
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  1. 1.University of South Carolina – BeaufortBlufftonUSA