Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) Essay

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Sex and relationship education (SRE) is supporting children through their moral, physical and psychological aspects of growing up to be an adult, and making sure they have knowledge on relationships, sex, human sexuality and sexual health (Sex Education Forum, 2010). There are three main elements in SRE, the first element is attitudes and values, which is about developing positive values and be able to consider moral issues before they make their decisions on having intercourse (Kirby, 2007). The second element is personal and social skills, which is about teaching children to have the confidence to value themselves and others to become respectful for individual conscience and the skills to judge the kind of relationship they want; the…show more content…
There is lots of evidences support that effective SRE is beneficial, however this essay will mainly focus on seven of them. The first evidence proved that after giving effective SRE to the teenagers, nearly half of the teenage participants delayed sexual initiation and reduced the number of sexual partners, which means decrease the chances of getting STDs and unwanted pregnancy (Oringanje et al, 2009; Kirby, 2007; Trenholm et al.2007). The second evidence shows that thirty per cent of the participant reduced the regularity of sex, including a return to abstinence, one of the reasons is becuase they can access to the appropriate information rather than learning it from peers or watching pornography (Kirby, 2007). Moreover, disease prevention methods were also taught to teenagers i.e. condoms, which can also protect them from infection of STDs and unwanted pregnancy. The third evidence shows that more than a half of the participants reduced frequency of having unprotected sex which proven that they are aware of STDs and the risk of being pregnant after having sexual intercourse (Kirby, 2007). The fourth evidence shows that children from fifteen to sixteen years old who have been exposed to SRE are less likely to be sexually experienced which may be because they did not have sex because of curiosity (Furstenberg et al, 1985). The fifth evidence found that young people are less likely to regret their first sexual intercourse in their life or having intimate

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