Chapter-19-Sexuality-Education - Chapter 19 Sexuality Education Sexuality education the lifelong process of acquiring info about sexual behaviour and

Chapter-19-Sexuality-Education - Chapter 19 Sexuality...

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Chapter 19 – Sexuality Education - Sexuality education : the lifelong process of acquiring info about sexual behaviour and forming attitudes, beliefs, and values about identity, relationships, and intimacy o Can occur in many settings Purposes of Sexuality Education - Goal of sexuality education : promote healthy sexuality - The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has adopted the definition of sexual health put forward by the World Health Organization : o Sexual health : a state of physical , emotional , mental , and social well-being in relation to sexuality; it’s not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction, or infirmity . Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences , free of coercion, discrimination, and violence. For sexual health to be attained and maintained, the sexual rights of all persons must be respected, protected, and fulfilled. - The Sex Information and Education Council of Canada (SIECCAN) is active in promoting high quality sex education in Canada and coordinated the development of the Canadian Guidelines for Sexual Health Education o Guidelines provide framework for sexual health education for persons of all ages and from diverse populations that balances well-being and desires of indiv with needs/rights of others and of society o According to guidelines, sexuality education should help ppl both achieve positive outcomes and avoid negative ones Positive outcomes : self-esteem, respect for self and others, non-exploitative sexual satisfaction and sexual pleasure, rewarding human relationships, and joy of desired parenthood Negative outcomes : unwanted pregnancy, STI, sexual coercion, and sexual dysfunction o Effective sexual health education integrates 4 key components through variety of activities These allow indiv to develop the following: 1. Deeper understanding that’s relevant to their specific health needs + concerns 2. Confidence, motivation, and personal insight needed to act on that knowledge 3. Skills necessary to enhance sexual health and avoid negative sexual health outcomes 4. Safe, secure, and inclusive environment that’s conductive to promoting optimal sexual health To achieve these goals, youth need to have opp to explore attitudes, feelings, and values that may influence their decision/behaviour Sex ed should emphasize self-worth and dignity of indiv and encourage respect for diversity in values, background, and sexual orientation Guidelines recognize students need to made their own informed + responsible choices rather than have choices imposed on them o Research shows abstinence can mean diff things to diff ppl o The Sexuality Information and Education Council of US developed specific standards for comprehensive + responsible sexuality education in their document National Sexuality Education Standards: Core Content and Skills 1
Identifies 7 topics as minimum, essential content : anatomy and physiology,

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