|Publications on Sex Education|
Adolescent Sexual Health in Europe and the U.S.—Why the Difference? (The Facts) (Order publication - $1.00)
The United States has far worse rates of adolescent pregnancy, birth, abortion, HIV, and STIs than almost all countries in Europe. Advocates for Youth initiated study tours to France, Germany, and the Netherlands to understand the underlying causes behind these difference.
Condom Effectiveness (The Facts) (Order publication - $1.00)
Many abstinence-only programs claim that condoms do not protect from HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and pregnancy. But studies have repeatedly shown, and the Centers for Disease Control asserts, that when used consistently and correctly, latex condoms are highly effective in preventing the sexual transmission of HIV (during vaginal, oral, or anal intercourse).Latex condoms are also effective in preventing pregnancy and several STIs.
Effective Sex Education (The Facts) (Order publication - $1.00)
Studies have repeatedly shown that comprehensive sex education is effective at assisting young people to make healthy decisions about sex and to adopt healthy sexual behaviors. No abstinence-only-until-marriage program has been shown to help teens delay the initiation of sex or to protect themselves when they do initiate sex. Yet, the U.S. government has spent over one billion dollars supporting abstinence-only-until-marriage programs. Adolescents have a fundamental human right to accurate and comprehensive sexual health information – information that could save their lives.
European Approaches to Adolescent Sexual Behavior and Responsibility (Report) (Order publication - $20.00)
Teen birth, abortion, and sexually transmitted disease (STD) rates in the United States are higher than in most other industrialized countries. For the last two decades, U.S. public health experts have worked to address these problems. One such effort, sponsored by Advocates for Youth and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, is the Summer Institute, a six-credit graduate course about adolescent sexuality. In 1998, the Institute initiated an international fact-finding mission to the Netherlands, Germany, and France to explore how these European nations have achieved successful adolescent sexual health indicators. In each country, the participants conducted qualitative, critical analyses of issues which research demonstrates to have an impact on adolescent reproductive and sexual health attitudes, behaviors, and outcomes. This report shares the group’s findings and suggests a course of action toward improving adolescent reproductive and sexual health in the United States.
Life Planning Education: A Youth Development Program (Education Program) (Order publication - $60.00)
Advocates for Youth's popular family life education program includes chapters on sexuality, relationships, health, violence prevention, and community responsibility as well as chapters on skills-building, values, self-esteem, parenting, employment preparation, and reducing sexual risk. Packed with interactive exercises, supplemental leaders' resources, participant handouts, and a complete guide to implementation, this resource is appropriate for use in schools and other settings for sexuality/life skills education, HIV prevention education, and pregnancy prevention. For use with youth ages 13-18.
Resource Guide for Sex Educators: Basic Resources that Every Sex Educator Needs to Know About (available online only)
Responsible Education About Life (REAL) Act (The Facts) (available online only)
Youth in developing countries face significant threats to their health and well-being—threats that include the HIV and AIDS pandemic, high rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and unintended pregnancies that may result in maternal morbidity and/or mortality. Given the need to focus limited prevention resources on effective programs, Advocates for Youth undertook an exhaustive review to find programs proven effective by rigorous evaluation and identified the 10 highly effective programs highlighted in this document.
Given the need to focus limited prevention resources on effective programs, Advocates for Youth undertook exhaustive reviews of existing research to compile a list of those programs proven effective by rigorous evaluation. Nineteen programs appeared in Science and Success when it was first published in 2003; seven additional programs are included in Science and Success, Second Edition. This document describes each of the programs and provides information about replicating them in your school, community, or health center.
Science-Based Practices in Teen Pregnancy and HIV/STI Prevention: Selected Annotated Bibliography (From Research to Practice) (available online only)
Sex Education for Physically, Emotionally, and Mentally Challenged Youth (From Research to Practice) (available online only)
The Librarian's Guide To Sex Education Resources (available online only)
The Truth About Abstinence-Only Programs (The Facts) (available online only)
There's No Place Like Home … for Sex Education (Education Program) (available online only)