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J Family Med Prim Care. 2014 Jul;3(3):175-9. doi: 10.4103/2249-4863.141588.

Beyond controversies: sexuality education for adolescents in India.

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1
Department of Physiology and Health Science, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, USA.
2
Department of Physiology and Health Science, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois, USA.
3
Academy of Family Physicians of India, New Delhi, India.

Abstract

Sexuality education for adolescents is one of the most controversial topics in the field of child health. In the past decade, policymakers in India have also struggled with the issue and there has been greater public discourse. However, policymaking and public discussions on adolescent sexuality education are frequently fueled by religious, social, and cultural values, while receiving scant scientific attention. To meet the needs of an expanding young population in India, scientific evidence for best practices must be kept at the core of policymaking in the context of sexuality education for adolescents.

KEYWORDS:

Adolescent; education; global health; school policy; sexuality

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