Guest Speakers in School-Based Sexuality Education

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This study, using data from a statewide survey (n = 332), examined teachers' practices regarding the inclusion of guest speakers to cover sexuality content. More than half of teachers (58%) included guest speakers. In multivariate analyses, teachers who taught high school, had professional preparation in health education, or who received professional development covering sexually transmitted disease (STD) or pregnancy prevention had greater odds of including guest speakers (all p <.05). Teachers who included guest speakers covered more sexuality topics and were more likely to cover controversial topics (p <.05). Findings have implications for teachers, school policies, and organizations that offer sexual health education and outreach. © 2014

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)205-218
Number of pages14
JournalAmerican Journal of Sexuality Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2014

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Funding Information:
This study was funded by a grant to the Birds & Bees Project from the Ford Foundation. This research was also supported in part by a contract with the University of Minnesota Healthy Youth Development, Prevention Research Center, 1 U48 DP001939-01, CDC. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the CDC or Ford Foundation. Dr. McRee’s time was partially supported by National Research Service Award (NRSA) in Primary Medical Care, grant no. T32HP22239 (PI: Borowsky), Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services.

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  • Sexuality education, health education, adolescent, schools

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