Sex education during the school-aged years influences sexual attitudes and sexual health in college: A comparative study from Korea

Kyung Rim Shin, Hyojung Park, Chiyoung Cha

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Abstract

Sex education is provided routinely to school-aged children in many countries without enough evidence that it will benefit them when they become adults. The purpose of this study was to examine the long-term influence of the sex education that was provided during the school-aged years on the attitudes, behaviors, and sexual health among male and female college students in Korea. For this descriptive, comparative study, the data were obtained from 3609 male and 2180 female college students by using the proportional quota sampling method. Overall, the female students had more opportunities for sex education. Receiving this education during the school-aged years lowered the sexual double standard score but was not related to sexual activity among the male and female students. Receiving sex education at different time points during the school-aged years had differential influences on the sexual attitudes and indicators of sexual health between the male and the female students. The results of this study suggest extending the role of school nurses to include redesigning the content of sex education programs, based on the sex and age of the students, and using midwives to provide sex education in community settings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)328-334
Number of pages7
JournalNursing and Health Sciences
Volume13
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2011

Keywords

  • Retrospective studies
  • Sex differences
  • Sex education
  • Sexual behavior

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