Sexual Education

Web Resources

 

Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS)
Fact sheets, educator resources, and research on topics such as comprehensive sexuality education, adolescent sexuality, teen pregnancy, sexual orientation, and STDs.

Planned Parenthood
The “Tools for Educators” page has information on implementing sex education, program evaluation tools, resources, and locating health educators. Website also contains information for parents and teens.

Advocates for Youth
Resources for sex educators that include programs, fact sheets, national standards, lesson plans, and publications for sex education.

 

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
Database of effective programs for teen sexuality. Website also includes statistics and research, as well as special sections for males, Latino teens, and parents.

Answer
Resources for professionals with lesson plans, national standards, policies by state, and other resources on sexual education; based at Rutgers University.

Guttmacher Institute
Brief fact sheet on where American teens get information about sex.

Stayteen.org
Website for teenagers with information and social media to promote safe sexual health choices; developed by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.

Sex, etc.
Website run by teens for teens, with information on sex education, frequently asked questions, resources, blogs, and games. Developed by Answer.

Sex Education for People with Disabilities - Video Series

All the videos in the Sex Ed for People with I/DD series, created by the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) and Rooted in Rights, with support from the WITH Foundation. Learn more about NCIL at http://www.ncil.org.

Journal Research Articles

 

CSCORE does not endorse any of the following research studies.  Instead, our goal is to present you with the latest research being conducted.  It is up to you to decide if the study is reliable and valid.

Overwhelming Support for Sexual Health Education in U.S. Schools: A Meta-Analysis of 23 Surveys Conducted Between 2000 and 2016

Szucs, L. E., Harper, C. R., Andrzejewski, J., Barrios, L. C., Robin, L., & Hunt, P. (2022). Overwhelming support for sexual health education in US Schools: A meta-analysis of 23 surveys conducted between 2000 and 2016. Journal of Adolescent Health, 70(4), 598-606.

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The Impact of Sexual Education and Socialization on Sexual Satisfaction, Attitudes, and Self-Efficacy

Nurgitz, R., Pacheco, R. A., Senn, C. Y., & Hobden, K. L. (2021). The impact of sexual education and socialization on sexual satisfaction, attitudes, and self-efficacy. The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 30(2), 265-277.

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Pono Choices: Lessons for School Leaders from the Evaluation of a Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program. Journal of School Health

Manaseri, H., Roberts, K. D., Barker, L. T., & Tom, T. (2019). Pono choices: Lessons for school leaders from the evaluation of a teen pregnancy prevention program. Journal of School Health, 89(4), 246-256. 

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Effectiveness Evaluation of It's Your Game: Keep It Real, a Middle School HIV/Sexually Transmitted Infection/Pregnancy Prevention Program

Rohrbach, L. A., Donatello, R. A., Moulton, B. D., Afifi, A. A., Meyer, K. I., & De Rosa, C. J. (2019). Effectiveness evaluation of It’s Your Game: Keep It Real, a middle school HIV/sexually transmitted infection/pregnancy prevention program. Journal of Adolescent Health, 64(3), 382-389. 

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Evaluation of the Effects of the Sexual Education Programme SOMOS on Sexual Experience and Attitudes of Adolescents towards Sexuality

Heras, D., Lara, F., & Fernández-Hawrylak, M. (2016). Evaluation of the effects of the sexual education programme SOMOS on sexual experience and attitudes of adolescents towards sexuality. Revista de Psicodidáctica, 21(2), 321-337.

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Factors Related to Sexual Behaviors and Sexual Education Programs for Asian-American Adolescents

Lee, Y. M., Florez, E., Tariman, J., McCarter, S., & Riesche, L. (2015). Factors related to sexual behaviors and sexual education programs for Asian-American adolescents. Applied Nursing Research, 28(3), 222-228.

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A Peer Education Program: Delivering Highly Reliable Sexual Health Promotion Messages in Schools

Layzer, C., Rosapep, L., & Barr, S. (2014). A peer education program: delivering highly reliable sexual health promotion messages in schools. Journal of adolescent health, 54(3), S70-S77.

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Sexual Education, Gender Ideology, and Youth Sexual Empowerment

Grose, R. G., Grabe, S., & Kohfeldt, D. (2014). Sexual education, gender ideology, and youth sexual empowerment. The Journal of Sex Research, 51(7), 742-753.

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What They Wish They Would Have Known: Support for Comprehensive Sexual Education from Mexican Americans and White Adolescents’ Dating and Sexual Desires 
Adams, H.L., & Williams, L.R. (2011). What they wish they would have known: Support for comprehensive sexual education from Mexican Americans and white adolescents’ dating and sexual desires. Children and Youth Services Review, 33(10), 1875-1885.
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Interventions to Improve Parental Communication About Sex: A Systematic Review
Akers, A.Y., Holland, C.L., & Bost, J. (2011). Interventions to improve parental communication about sex: A systematic review. Pediatrics, 127(3), 494-510.
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A Review of Positive Youth Development Programs That Promote Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health
Gavin, L.E., Catalano, R.F., David-Ferdon, C., Gloppen, K.M., & Markham, C.M. (2010). A review of positive youth development programs that promote adolescent sexual and reproductive health. Journal of Adolescent Health, 46(3), S75-S91.

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Effective Curriculum-Based Sex and STD/HIV Education Programs for Adolescents 
Kirby, D., & Laris, B.A. (2009). Effective curriculum-based sex and STD/HIV education programs for adolescents. Child Development Perspectives, 3(1), 21-29. 

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The Impact of Abstinence and Comprehensive Sex and STD/HIV Education Programs on Adolescent Sexual Behavior
Kirby, D.B. (2008). The impact of abstinence and comprehensive sex and STD/HIV education programs on adolescent sexual behavior. Sexuality Research & Social Policy: A Journal of the NSRC, 5(3), 18-27.
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Abstinence-Only and Comprehensive Sex Education and the Initiation of Sexual Activity and Teen Pregnancy
Kohler, P.K., Manhart, L.E., & Lafferty, W.E. (2008). Abstinence-only and comprehensive sex education and the initiation of sexual activity and teen pregnancy. Journal of Adolescent Health, 42(4), 344-351.
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Books & Book Chapters

 

Parents & Educators

 

Baczynski, M., & Scott, E. (2022). Creating Consent Culture: A Handbook for Educators. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Youth

 

Simon, R. E. (2020). The Every Body Book: The LGBTQ+ Inclusive Guide for Kids about Sex, Gender, Bodies, and Families. Jessica               Kingsley Publishers.

Scholarship
 

Feinstein, S. (2009). Sexuality and Teens. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow Publishers.

National Research Childbearing. (2009). Risking the future: Adolescent sexuality, pregnancy and childbearing. New York, NY:                        General Books LLC.

Phoenix Learning Group. (2008). Out of bounds: Teenage sexual harassment (DVD). St. Louis, MO: Phoenix Learning Group.

Scott, S. (2018). How to say no and keep your friends (2nd Ed.). Amherst, MA: HRD Press.

Tolman, D.L. (2011). Sexual Health. In: Levesque, R.J.R. (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Adolescence. Springer, New York, NY.

Weisz, A., & Black, B. (2009). Programs to reduce dating violence and sexual assault: Perspectives on what works. New York, NY:                Columbia University Press.