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J Sex Marital Ther. 2011;37(4):270-85. doi: 10.1080/0092623X.2011.582433.

Students' experiences and perceived benefits of a sex education curriculum: a qualitative analysis.

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Population Program, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas 77030, USA.


A qualitative evaluation explored the experiences and perceived benefits of students who participated in an abstinence-plus sex education program at enrollment and conclusion. The sample included 1130 inner-city high school students, 73.7% of whom were Hispanic. Thematic analysis was used to identify main themes in responses made by students to 3 open-ended questions. The most common preparticipation request was for information about sexually transmitted infections. At program conclusion, the most common response theme involved the quality of course delivery. Students indicated that they appreciated the facilitators who allowed open conversations. The implications of these findings to sex education programs are discussed.

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