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Sex Education


Teen Theater Sex

Another innovative approach, which combines entertainment and peer communication of sex education information, is the use of teen theater. It began in 1973 at New York Medical College. Since its inception, teen theater sex education has been implemented in various locations around the U.S.

The expectation is that dramatic performances about critical sex education issues will decrease teen anxiety about sensitive issues, increase the willingness of teens to openly discuss sexual issues, increase the intention of sexually active teens to use birth control and protect themselves from STDs and HIV, and contribute to a delay in the onset of sexual activity among teens who are not already sexually active.

Research has shown that a key factor in avoidance of condom use among sexually active teenagers is embarrassment. In response, several teen theater performances have focused on decision-making around condom purchase and use. Evaluation of dramatic sex education has shown that this approach does lead to greater levels of sexual knowledge and increased willingness to talk freely about sex. However, it is has not been shown to significantly impact actual sexual practices.