Sexuality Education

Past, Present, and Future

by Elizabeth Schroeder, EdD, MSW, and Judy Kuriansky, PhD, Editors


Most adults agree they would like to see teens avoid unintended pregnancy, sexual abuse, and sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV/AIDS. But what approach is best to help young people avoid these negative outcomes? Enormous amounts of money are being spent insuring that schools teach abstinence-only programs. Opponents of this approach maintain that whether adults like it or not, millions of youths are involved in sexual activity and the "just say no" approach does not work.

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April 2009


Pages 1474
Volumes 4
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Health & Wellness/Love, Sex, and Sexuality

An exemplary team of professionals provides a comprehensive look at sex education, the heated debate over federal controls, current research and practice, programs, politics, legislation, and cultural and religious issues related to sex and sexuality education.

In the groundbreaking Sexuality Education: Past, Present, and Future, the history, practices, and politics of sexuality education are explained. Respected educators, counselors, and therapists marshal both research and educated opinion to offer insights into exactly what is meant by "sex education," what the various approaches are, what "age appropriate" lessons are supported by most professionals, and the impact of government policies.

Noting that the need for sexuality education has expanded to adults, from new parents to senior citizens, this unique work also takes readers into classrooms and makes them privy to conversations representing everyone from elementary school students to nursing home residents. These comments reveal the range of unanswered questions about sex—questions that are important for psychological, as well as physical health. In addition, the contributors explore ongoing issues in sexuality education, such as how to present "culturally competent" lessons that include consideration of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, and sexual orientation. The experts also examine sexuality education in other countries, the challenges those countries face, and their victories over unplanned pregnancy and STDs in the global effort to preserve sexual health.


  • Dozens of tables and figures
  • Photographs
  • Timelines
  • Sidebars
  • Case studies
  • Appendixes


  • Covers how and why the need arose to formally teach students about sexuality and its risks and also the history of the abstinence-only movement and that of comprehensive sexuality education
  • Brings content to life through vignettes from sexuality educators, counselors, and therapists, as well as through the voices of the young people affected by the decisions discussed
  • Explores cultural, ethnic, religious, and political differences of opinion on this controversial topic, as well as ways in which sexuality education is handled in other nations
  • Includes contributions come from a cross-disciplinary group of contributors from fields such as education, psychology, medicine, public health, politics, and science
Author Info

Elizabeth Schroeder, EdD, MSW, is executive director for Answer, a national organization based at Rutgers University, that is dedicated to providing and promoting comprehensive sexuality education throughout the United States. Known worldwide for its award-winning website, "SEX, ETC," (, Answer also provides much-needed professional development for teachers and other youth-serving professionals ( Schroeder is an international trainer, consultant, and author in the areas of sexual health and sexuality education, curriculum development, teacher training, and counseling. She has provided training, conference workshops, and keynote addresses throughout the United States and overseas to thousands of youth-serving professionals and young people.

Judy Kuriansky, PhD, is clinical psychologist at Columbia University Teachers College and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons' adjunct faculty. She is a visiting professor at Peking University Health Sciences Center and honorary professor in the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Hong Kong. A diplomate of the American Board of Sexology and fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Sexology and awarded the AACS Medal of Sexology for Lifetime Achievement, she is a veteran sexuality educator and therapist, as a teacher and clinician for individuals, couples, and groups across the country and the world. A past board member of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and a co-founder of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research, she has authored hundreds of articles about sexuality for professional journals and mass market publications.

Table of Contents

Volume 1:ForewordIntroductionChapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 3Chapter 4Chapter 5Chapter 6Chapter 7Chapter 8Chapter 9Chapter 10Chapter 11Chapter 12Chapter 13AppendixVolume 2ForewordIntroductionChapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 3Chapter 4Chapter 5Chapter 6Chapter 7Chapter 8Chapter 9Chapter 10Chapter 12Chapter 13Volume 3:Chapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 3Chapter 4Chapter 5Chapter 6Chapter 7Chapter 8Chapter 9Chapter 10Chapter 12Chapter 13Chapter 14Chapter 15Chapter 16Chapter 17Chapter 18Chapter 19Chapter 20Chapter 21Chapter 22AppendixVolume 4:Chapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 3Chapter 4Chapter 5Chapter 6Chapter 7Chapter 8Chapter 9Chapter 10Chapter 12Chapter 13Chapter 14Appendix



"This four-volume set aimed at educators, students, policy makers, researchers, and general readers provides a comprehensive overview of the history, practices, and politics of sex education in the US through 66 essays."Reference & Research Book News

"Those seeking guidance on sexuality education, regardless of their educational setting or the population they serve, will find what they are looking for within the covers of this set. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All undergraduate collections and above."Choice

"Sexuality Education: Past, Present, and Future is a vital addition to the field of sexuality education. All public, college, and university libraries should have a copy of the set, and selected chapters should be on the reading list for college and graduate courses in sexuality education."PsycCRITIQUES

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