The problematic promotion of abstinence: an overview of Sex Respect. Academic Article uri icon


  • A content evaluation of the abstinence-based sexuality education curriculum Sex Respect was conducted, focusing on the curriculum's message and presentation. The four primary goals for a human sexuality education curriculum according to the SIECUS guidelines, as well as a methodology for designing, using and evaluating health education materials developed by the Pan American Health Organization provided the framework for the evaluation. Results indicate Sex Respect omits basic content and includes misinformation, especially in the areas of reproductive health and human sexual response. Authors conclude that Sex Respect fails to meet professional standards for a comprehensive sexuality education curriculum, and needs further evaluation and revision. Specific topics for future assessments are discussed.

published proceedings

  • J Sch Health

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Goodson, P., & Edmundson, E.

citation count

  • 10

complete list of authors

  • Goodson, P||Edmundson, E

publication date

  • May 1994