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Sex Education


Educational Videos

Limitations on the effectiveness of traditional classroom sex education approaches have led to the creation of alternative methods to communicate key sex education messages. One innovative approach is the use of specially produced educational videos. These videos often emphasize assertiveness and refusal skills (in responding to peer pressure), decision-making related to teen sexuality, and specific sex and health information (e.g., the symptoms of various sexually transmitted diseases).

Some videos also address the issue of mixing alcohol and sexual activity (a practice that has been found to lead to poor decision-making and riskier behavior). The rationale for sex education videos is that knowledge is not sufficient to lower the frequency of risky behavior.

Sex education videos commonly seek to address barriers to risk avoidance (e.g., pressure from a boy- or girlfriend to initiate sex or the widespread belief that condoms are ineffective in preventing pregnancy or infection with an STD or HIV).