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The Sex Education Debates$
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Nancy Kendall

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226922270

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226922294.001.0001

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Morality Tales: Adolescent Desire, Disease, and Fertility in Sex Education Programs

Morality Tales: Adolescent Desire, Disease, and Fertility in Sex Education Programs

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(p.129) 7 Morality Tales: Adolescent Desire, Disease, and Fertility in Sex Education Programs
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The Sex Education Debates
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Nancy Kendall

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226922294.003.0007

This chapter explores the shared construction of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections as the most dangerous problems linked to teen sex in mainstream sex education programs, and examines the ascendancy of an effectiveness model focused on individual health outcomes (such as STI and pregnancy rates). It also considers the effects of “evidence-based outcomes” frameworks on classroom sex education experiences and school environments. These offer a powerful lens through which to view key components of the differing morality tales being told by Comprehensive Sexuality education and Abstinence Only Until Marriage education programs, and to begin to map some of the unintended consequences of these tales on students and schools.

Keywords:   pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, teenage sex, sex education, evidence-based outcome

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