Sexuality education for children and adolescents

Jr Hagan, W. L. Coleman, J. M. Foy, E. Goldson, B. J. Howard, A. Navarro, J. L. Tanner, H. C. Tolmas, F. D. Armstrong, D. R. DeMaso, P. Gilbertson, S. E.A. Longstaffe, G. J. Cohen, H. Feldman, K. Smith, D. W. Kaplan, R. A. Feinstein, M. M. Fisher, J. D. Klein, L. F. OlmedoE. S. Rome, W. S. Yancy, P. J. Adams Hillard, G. Pearson, D. Sacks, B. L. Frankowski, T. P. Hurley

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Abstract

Children and adolescents need accurate and comprehensive education about sexuality to practice healthy sexual behavior as adults. Early, exploitative, or risky sexual activity may lead to health and social problems, such as unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including human immunodeficiency virus infection and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. This statement reviews the role of the pediatrician in providing sexuality education to children, adolescents, and their families. Pediatricians should integrate sexuality education into the confidential and longitudinal relationship they develop with children, adolescents, and families to complement the education children obtain at school and at home. Pediatricians must be aware of their own attitudes, beliefs, and values so their effectiveness in discussing sexuality in the clinical setting is not limited.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)498-502
Number of pages5
JournalPediatrics
Volume108
Issue number2 II
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 25 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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    Hagan, J., Coleman, W. L., Foy, J. M., Goldson, E., Howard, B. J., Navarro, A., Tanner, J. L., Tolmas, H. C., Armstrong, F. D., DeMaso, D. R., Gilbertson, P., Longstaffe, S. E. A., Cohen, G. J., Feldman, H., Smith, K., Kaplan, D. W., Feinstein, R. A., Fisher, M. M., Klein, J. D., ... Hurley, T. P. (2001). Sexuality education for children and adolescents. Pediatrics, 108(2 II), 498-502. https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.108.2.498