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Sex Education

Sex education may be defined narrowly as are productive health curriculum delivered to young people by public school teachers. This limited view can be considered problematic because it focuses only on sexual functioning or behavior. A more current term—sexuality education—conveys a broader meaning that includes attitudes, roles, and relationships, as well as social and cultural aspects of being female or male. Also, sexuality concepts are learned throughout life from a range of people and resources in a variety of settings. The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) defines sexuality education as a lifelong process of acquiring information and forming attitudes, beliefs, and values about identity, relationships, and intimacy. Sexuality education addresses the sociocultural, biological, psychological, and spiritual dimensions of sexuality by ...

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