Sex, Youth, and Sex Education
A Reference Handbook
by David Campos
April 2002, 316pp, 6x9
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-57607-776-4
$75, £56, 63€, A108
eBook Available: 978-1-57607-777-1
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While it may be a topic to which parents and educators would rather lend a deaf ear, sexual activity among adolescents is on the rise. How have sex education programs attempted to stem this trend? What can we do about moving forward in this age of mixed media messages?

An authoritative reference that discusses the history of sex education and its ramifications in the United States.

Community and school officials, parents, and educators often stay to the wee hours of the night at PTA meetings arguing about sex education and sexual behavior among young people. While some groups preach abstinence and attempt to sign as many youngsters as possible to their rosters, it remains a fact that 50 percent of U.S. teenagers, beginning at age 15, are sexually active.

Sex, Youth, and Sex Education is a wonderfully crafted resource that gives not only a statistical overview of sexual activity in schools, but also examines sex education, the scourge of sexual violence in schools, and sexuality among selected groups of youngsters. What emerges is a groundbreaking work for educators and students of sociology, psychology, and education. This work brings to light the fascinating—not to mention ubiquitous—world of sexuality among today’s youth and its impact on parents, school personnel, policymakers, and society.


  • Definitions of and statistics on sexual activity among children and adolescents
  • comprehensive directory of organizations as well as print and nonprint resources
David Campos is assistant professor of elementary education and director of the Metropolitan Institute for Teaching and Learning at Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL.


"The author of this book has skillfully condensed a tremendous amount of information into one very usable volume. The work is thoroughly documented, and will provide administrators, teachers, teachers in training, and parents with an excellent overview of the subject . . . This volume is recommended for academic and public libraries."—American Reference Books Annual, January 1, 2003
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