What is comprehensive sexuality education really all about? Perceptions of students enrolled in an undergraduate human sexuality course

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The purpose of this study was to use qualitative evaluation techniques to explore the perceptions of students enrolled in undergraduate human sexuality classes regarding their expectations for the course as well as outcomes. One hundred forty eight students were surveyed at the beginning and again at the end of the semester long course. While pregnancy and STI prevention were considered important components of their courses, other outcomes associated with positive, healthy sexuality were given greater emphasis. Results suggest that while primary and secondary level sexuality education have been increasingly focused on abstinenceonly education with a focus on pregnancy and STI reduction, this may not represent what is most important from students' perspectives. It also suggests that college may be one place where more comprehensive sexuality education can still be taught.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-102
Number of pages18
JournalAmerican Journal of Sexuality Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2005



  • Evaluation
  • Outcomes
  • Qualitative
  • Sexuality education

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