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.

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.
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.

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.

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. 


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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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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Bibliotherapy Suggestions


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. (1997). How to say no and keep your friends. Highland Ranch, CO: HRC Press.

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