Aspects of sexuality education in Europe – definitions, differences and developments
Source: The European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care, Volume 15, Number 3, June 2010 , pp. 169-176(8)
Publisher: Informa Healthcare
Abstract:Objective Sexuality education in Europe has been influenced by political, social and ethical movements. This paper considers some of these influences and the implementation of sexuality education in different parts of Europe.
Content The aim of sexuality education is to enable young people to acquire knowledge, attitudes, skills and values to make appropriate choices in their sexual behaviour and thus experience a healthy sex life that is age-appropriate. This should prevent them from acquiring or passing on sexually transmitted infections, including human immunodeficiency virus, from causing or suffering unwanted pregnancies, and from being the perpetrator or victim of violence. It should enhance understanding and respect diversity, thus contributing to a better society. Sexuality education as such has been widely recognised as essential for sexual health, but the content and principles that form the basis of this education have changed over time and differ widely among the countries of Europe.
Conclusion Agreeing on common standards of sexuality education across Europe is a challenge for the 21st century.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: *Rutgershuis-Oost, Arnhem, The Netherlands 2: †Contraception & Sexual Health Service, Nottinghamshire Community Health, Mansfield, UK 3: ‡Sexual Health Clinic, Väestöliitto, Helsinki, Finland 4: §World Population Foundation, Utrecht, The Netherlands 5: #World Health Organisation, Regional Office for Europe, Copenhagen, Denmark 6: ∧Division of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University Medical Centre, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Publication date: June 1, 2010