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"Condoms and consent!" knowledge, efficacy and positivity in a sexual health program

Teen birth and abortion rates are higher in the US than any other industrialized country, and 15-24 year olds make up 50% of new sexually transmitted infections each year. US school policy promotes heteronormativity, and most programs ignore the needs of LGBTQ youth. The current study examines knowledge, attitudes and self-efficacy in a comprehensive sexuality education program in Northern Sonoma County. There are two phases of this mixed-methods study: the first consists of quantitative surveys; the second consists of qualitative interviews of program educators, field notes and analysis of anonymous questions from the students. Results indicate that education has a significant effect on knowledge (p≤.001), sex-positive attitudes (p≤.005) and self-efficacy in seeking and utilizing reproductive services (p≤.001).

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