Sexual Education

Below you will find links to informational websites, curricula, and recent research .

Informational Websites


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 on sex from.
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

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Recent Research

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.

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.
(Access to abstract, fee required for full article)

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.
(Access to abstract, fee required for full article)

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.
(Access to abstract, fee required for full article)

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.

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.
(Access to abstract, fee required for full article)

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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