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The Role of the School and the Community in Sex Education and Related Problems

Thomas E. Shaffer, MD
JAMA. 1966;195(8):667-670. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100080107032.
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There is a universal feeling that not enough nor the right kind of sex education is being done at home, in the school, or elsewhere. Most parents, teachers, physicians, ministers, nurses, youth leaders, and school and college youth would agree that there could be improvements.

Sex education is a complex topic. There is, however, as we all know, more to it than classroom instruction, because under this "umbrella" are a number of related but individual goals. Among these are answering simple questions of children; supplying facts about the anatomy and physiology of the organs of reproduction; providing help and direction to boys and girls in establishing appropriate masculine and feminine roles; developing acceptable sexual behavior; preparation for marriage; a foundation for responsible parenthood and achievement of a happy, stable family life; comprehending the issues in population controls; teaching the importance of preventing certain infectious diseases; and reducing the problems of


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