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An evaluation of a middle school STDHIVsex education program in San Diego County

The existing sex education program, which includes instruction about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) including the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), at a middle school in the Poway Unified School District wa.S evaluated for its effectiveness at increasing student content knowledge. Additionally, factors that contributed to student anxiety and comfort in the sex education classroom were identified. Data was collected from seventh grade male and female students (N=359) through the use of content knowledge pre-and post-tests and pre-and post- opinion surveys including background questions, Likert scale opinion statements, and openended questions. Findings revealed that the existing STD/lllV/Sex Education program was successful at increasing student content knowledge. Additionally, the majority of students reported learning information that they felt would help them make good decisions. OveralL students were found to be comfortable in the sex education environment. Factors that contributed to their comfort were comfort with the teacher and with classmates, having the opportunity to anonymously ask questions, not being singled out or forced to participate, and being with classmates who did not laugh at others. The students' concerns were that other students would make fun of them or they would be forced to participate or answer questions in class. Key Words: sex education, anxiety, comfort, environment, middle school Item only available to the CSUSM community. Authentication with campus user name and password required.

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