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Attitudes toward Sex Education and Values in Sex Education

Joan C. Marsman and Edward S. Herold
Family Relations
Vol. 35, No. 3 (Jul., 1986), pp. 357-361
DOI: 10.2307/584361
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/584361
Page Count: 5
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Attitudes toward Sex Education and Values in Sex Education
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Abstract

This survey of 130 mothers of school children in grades 6, 9 and 12 in a school district in Ontario, Canada, found that most supported the teaching of sex education but were divided about which values should be taught. Whereas more than half disapproved of premarital sex, only one-third believed that an important objective of sex education should be to discourage premarital sex. Nevertheless, the strongest variable related both to attitudes toward the teaching of sex education and values in sex education was that of premarital sexual attitudes. Church attendance was not related to support for sex education but was related to the teaching of conservative values. These results clearly indicate the necessity for educators to be aware not only of whether parents support sex education but also of the values which they want to have presented.

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