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Evidence-based Approaches to Sexuality Education
A Global Perspective

ISBN 9781138800700
Published October 6, 2015 by Routledge
408 Pages

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This is the first book to provide a multidisciplinary and global overview of evidence-based sexuality education (SE) programs and practices. Readers are introduced to the fundamentals of creating effective programs to prepare them to design new or implement existing programs that promote healthy sexual attitudes and relationships. Noted contributors from various disciplines critically evaluate evidence –based programs from around the globe and through the lifespan. Examples and discussion questions encourage application of the material. Guidance for those who wish to design, implement, and evaluate SE programs in various social contexts is provided. Each chapter follows a consistent structure so readers can easily compare programs: Learning Goals; Introduction; Conclusion; Key Points; Discussion Questions; and Additional Resources. The editor taught human sexuality and family life education courses for years. This book reviews the key information that his students needed to become competent professionals.

Highlights of the book’s coverage include:

  • Interdisciplinary, comprehensive summary of evidence-based SE programs in one volume.
  • Prepares readers for professional practice as a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) or sex educator by highlighting the fundamentals of developing and implementing SE programs.
  • Exposes readers to evidence-based SE programs from various social contexts including families, schools, communities, and religious institutions.
  • Considers the developmental context of SE across the lifespan along with programs for LGBT individuals and persons with disabilities.
  • Critically reviews SE programs from around the world including the US, Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and other developing countries.

The book opens with an historical overview. Part I focus on general frameworks of sexuality education including UNESCO’s International Technical Guidelines. How to develop, deliver, and implement evidence based SE programs, including ethical concerns, are explored in Part II. Part III exposes readers to evidence-based programs in various social contexts--families, schools, communities, and religious institutions. Part IV considers the developmental context of SE from early childhood through adolescence and adulthood along with programs for LGBT individuals and persons with disabilities. Part V examines diverse global contexts from the US, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and other developing countries. The book concludes with future trends and directions.

Ideal for graduate or advanced undergraduate courses in sex education, sexual health, human sexuality, sex or marriage counseling, intimate relationships, family life education, or home, school, and community services taught in human development and family studies, psychology, social work, health education, nursing, education, and religion, and in seminaries and family clinics, the book also serves as a resource for practitioners, counselors, researchers, clergy members, and policy makers interested in evidence based SE programs, or those seeking to become CFLEs or sexuality educators.

Table of Contents

Foreword 1. Sexuality education: Yesterday, today, and tomorrow J.J. Ponzetti, Jr. Part 1: Frameworks 2. International Framework for Sexuality Education: UNESCO’s International Technical Guidance E. Yankah 3. Framing sexuality education discourses for programs & practice T. Jones 4. A practical guide to holistic sexuality education E. Frans Part 2: Program development and implementation 5. Sexuality education program development & implementation K.S. Myers-Bowman 6. Between worlds: Releasing sexuality education from bondage M. Crewe 7. Obstacles to teaching ethics in sexuality education S. Lamb, R. Randazzo Part 3: Social contexts 8. Families and sexuality education S. Dyson 9. Schools and sexuality education K. Coyle, P. Anderson, B. A. Laris 10. Community-based sexuality education N. Cushman 11. Religion and sexuality education K. Moles Part 4: Developmental contexts and special populations 12. Early childhood sexuality education L. Bobier, K.A. Martin 13. Sexuality education during adolescence E.S. Goldfarb, L. Lieberman 14. Sexuality education in adulthood P. Brick 15. Sexuality education with LGBT young adults E. Formby 16. Sexuality education and persons with disabilities S. Hough, A.M. Warren, E.T. Crehan Part 5: Global perspectives on sexuality education 17. Sexuality education in Latin America S. Darré, E. Jerves, J. Castillo, P. Enzlin 18. Openness and opposition: Sexuality education in Europe H. Olsson 19. Sexuality education in Asia W. Liu, J. Sun 20. Sexuality education in Africa R.W. Eustace, G.B. Asiedu, W.N. Mkanta 21. Advancing sexuality education in developing countries: Evidence and implications H.D. Boonstra Part 6: Conclusion 22. Future trends and directions in sexuality education J.J. Ponzetti, Jr.

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James J. Ponzetti, Jr. is an Emeritus Faculty member at the University of British Columbia, Canada.


Ponzetti has assembled a thoughtful and critical take on evidence-based sexuality education programs that encompass a diversity of populations, including LGBT persons and persons with disabilities, across all areas of the life course."- Katie M. Barrow, Louisiana Tech University, USA

"This book will be extremely useful to scholars, practitioners, and students interested in the role of sexuality education in diverse sociocultural contexts. The comprehensive overview of sexuality programs, including their efficacy, serves as a very useful resource." -Susan Sprecher, Illinois State University, USA

"Evidence-based Approaches to Sexuality Education is a review of the state of sexuality education on a worldwide scale: complexities abound, and this book helps both the novice and the expert sift through them." –Karen Rayne, Associate Editor, American Journal of Sexuality Education, USA

"An indispensable, highly readable book that will inspire and update experienced and starting sexual health education professionals worldwide. Including the latest insights on creating effective, comprehensive, age-appropriate and culturally sensitive sexuality education in and out of school." -Yuri Ohlrichs, Rutgers Expertise Center on Sexuality, The Netherlands

"A welcome addition to the …teaching portfolio. ... An advanced undergraduate or Masters level graduate course on human sexuality/sex education could adopt this book. ... I would definitely suggest it to our human sexuality instructors. ...The international ... and the contextual perspectives all add up to an interesting and useful volume." – Stephen R. Jorgensen, University of Missouri, USA

"This book appears to fill an important niche in the field of sexuality education. …The other … current books … are either too specific ... too expensive ... or too elementary. ...This book would appeal to ... educators …as well as students who are considering a career in education. ... I appreciate the inclusion of chapters that deal with different contexts." Dory Schachner, California State University, Chico, USA

"I was very impressed with … the authors [and] the international …and …cultural perspectives. … Audiences: Human Sexuality Education courses/professors, human sexuality [and] women studies courses … corporations who develop materials for educators, [and] researchers in the field. …I liked that the SIECUS guidelines are included."Liliana Rojas-Guyler, University of Cincinnati, USA

"The survey of international contexts is very appealing. ... The book would be a significant contribution to the field."Gary F. Kelly, Clarkson University, USA