Patricia Goodson, MPh, MA, Doctoral Student; and Elizabeth Edmundson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Kinesiology and Health Education, University of Texas at Austin, Belmont Hall 222, Austin, TX 78712.
The Problematic Promotion of Abstinence: An Overview of Sex Respect
Article first published online: 9 OCT 2009
1994 American School Health Association
Journal of School Health
Volume 64, Issue 5, pages 205–210, May 1994
How to Cite
Goodson, P. and Edmundson, E. (1994), The Problematic Promotion of Abstinence: An Overview of Sex Respect. Journal of School Health, 64: 205–210. doi: 10.1111/j.1746-1561.1994.tb03301.x
- Issue published online: 9 OCT 2009
- Article first published online: 9 OCT 2009
- revised and accepted for publication April 7, 1994.
ABSTRACT: A content evaluation of the abstinence-based sexuality education curriculum Sex Respect was conducted, focusing on the curriculum's message and presentation. The four primary goals for a human sexuality education curriculum according to the SIECUS guidelines, as well as a methodology for designing, using and evaluating health education materials developed by the Pan American Health Organization provided the framework for the evaluation. Results indicate Sex Respect omits basic content and includes misinformation, especially in the areas of reproductive health and human sexual response. Authors conclude that Sex Respect fails to meet professional standards for a comprehensive sexuality education curriculum, and needs further evaluation and revision. Specific topics for future assessments are discussed.