Publication Date

1-1-2016

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Koren, Mary Elaine

Degree Name

B.S. (Bachelor of Science)

Department

School of Nursing and Health Studies

Abstract

This paper aims to discuss the differences between abstinence-only sexual education and comprehensive sexual education. Both are methods of teaching children, generally from middle school age through high school, about sex and development; however, one focuses on saving sex for marriage (abstinence), while the other teaches this concept along with methods for contraception and sexually transmitted infection prevention (comprehensive). By discussing the background of sexual education in the United States (US), the curriculum in both the United States (US) and European countries (the Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, and France), and methods for improving US sexual education, this paper will discuss the benefits and downfalls of both abstinence-only and comprehensive sexual education to illustrate what needs to be changed to improve US curriculum.

Extent

18 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

Rights Statement

In Copyright

Rights Statement 2

NIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.

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Text

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