Adolescent sexuality: contemporary challenges

Prof. Anthony Smith PhD

The fact that some adolescents are sexually active is often constructed as problematic. Attempts to moderate or govern adolescent sexuality involve legislation, education and the promotion of abstinence. The provision of comprehensive school-based sexuality education to adolescents is often controversial with opposition being frequently based on the erroneous assumption that sexuality education acts as an incitement to behaviour rather than a moderator of behaviour. An oppositional strategy of promoting only abstinence and foregoing any balanced discussion of contraception and realistic strategies to avoid or manage sexual behaviour, while appealing to some, shows little evidence of improving the sexual safety of young people.

 

 

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Recorded: Sydney, Australia, April 2007

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Prof. Anthony Smith PhD

Professor & Deputy Director,  Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society,  La Trobe University,  Melbourne,  Australia

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