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Int J Adolesc Med Health. 2003 Jan-Mar;15(1):3-9.

Sex education in the schools: what role does it play?

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  • 1Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington, KY, USA.


Information regarding pubertal development, sex, pregnancy, and contraception should be provided to children and adolescents in an age-appropriate manner from parents, health care providers, and schools. This article reviews the medical literature on school sex education programs, adolescents' perception of these programs, and the role played by the media, parents, and health care professionals in sexual education of teens.

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