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Eur J Contracept Reprod Health Care. 2011 Jun;16(3):210-24. doi: 10.3109/13625187.2011.561937. Epub 2011 Mar 17.

Sex education in Swedish schools as described by young women.

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Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Caring Sciences, BMC, Husargatan 3, Box 564, 751 22 Uppsala, Sweden. Maria.Ekstrand@pubcare.uu.se

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To investigate sex education in Swedish schools regarding content, satisfaction, and suggested improvements, as described by teenagers and young adults.

METHODS:

Waiting-room survey conducted among 225 female patients (aged 13-25) at youth and student health clinics in one large-, and one medium-sized Swedish city.

RESULTS:

Most participants (97%, n = 218) had received sex education in school, of varying content and quality. Sixty percent thought basic body development was sufficiently covered. Insufficiently covered topics included sexual assault (96%), sexual harassment (94%), pornography (90%), abortion (81%), emergency contraception (80%), fertility (80%), and pregnancy (59%). Thirty percent received no information about chlamydia, and almost half reported that condyloma and human papillomavirus had not been addressed. The youngest respondents (13-19 years) were significantly more likely to have been told about emergency contraception, homosexuality, bisexuality, and transsexuality. Nearly half (46%) considered 'acceptable' the knowledge gained from sex education provided at school whereas more than a third considered it 'poor' or 'very poor'. Suggested improvements included more information, more discussion, greater emphasis on sexual diversity, and more knowledgeable teachers.

CONCLUSIONS:

Content and quality of sex education varied greatly. Most respondents thought many topics were insufficiently covered, sex education should be more extensive, and teachers better educated.

PMID:
21413866
DOI:
10.3109/13625187.2011.561937
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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