Abstract - Beatrice Koehler-Derrick

Comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) has been shown to be an effective approach to curbing many sexual health problems across the world. This paper examines where CSE supporters should concentrate their efforts if they are committed to fixing the United States’ #1 status among industrialized countries in annual numbers of sexually transmitted infections and teenage pregnancies. First, CSE’s place and practice in schools must be prioritized. Secondly, undergraduate and graduate programs must institute programs to train CSE teachers. Lastly, researchers must be willing to expand the conversation beyond what type of sexuality education works best and instead focus on how to teach CSE most effectively. The sexual health of entire generations could be monumentally improved should these steps be put in place.


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