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  1. Sex and HIV education programs: Their impact on sexual behaviors of young people throughout the world

    This paper reviews 83 studies that measure the impact of curriculum-based sex and HIV education programs on sexual behavior and mediating factors among youth under 25 years anywhere in the world. Two thirds of the programs significantly improved one or more sexual behaviors. The evidence is strong that programs do not hasten or increase sexual behavior but, instead, some programs delay or decrease sexual behaviors or increase condom or contraceptive use. …

  2. The Impact of Sex and HIV Education Programs in Schools and Communities on Sexual Behaviors among Young Adults

    Sex and HIV education programs that are based on a written curriculum and that are implemented among groups of youth in schools, clinics, or other community settings are a promising type of intervention to reduce adolescent sexual risk behaviors. This paper summarizes a review of 83 evaluations of such programs in developing and developed countries. The programs typically focused on pregnancy or HIV/STI prevention behaviors, not on broader issues of sexuality such as developmental stages, gender roles, or romantic relationships. …

  3. Time for change? Personal, social and health education

    This report evaluates the current PSHE curriculum: whether it is based sufficiently closely on the needs of young people and how the outcomes might be best achieved. It draws on evidence from surveys of PSHE by Her Majesty's Inspectors (HMI) and whole-school inspection reports from the period 2001-06. It also refers to earlier reports which remain relevant. In preparing this report, Ofsted commissioned the Schools Health Education Unit, Exeter, to provide research evidence from its behavioural surveys.

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