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Parents Views on Provision of Information and Education of Sex Related Issues to the Adolescents
Anita, Pradeep Debata, KR Meena, Rajesh Mehta.
Department of Pediatrics, Vardhaman Mahaveer Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital, Delhi, India.
Objective: Sex education in the schools has been a controversial issue in India. One can find debate in media and in different forums. Different groups in the society have different opinions. So our aim was to find out the parents view on it.
Design: A cross sectional study was designed to find out the views of the parents on provision of sex education to the adolescents through a specially designed questionnaire. Parents were contacted through schools.
Results: One hundred ninety six (29.6%) parents identified that sexuality is a common issue among the adolescents and 125 (19.23%) parents expressed concerns about sexuality related issues among their own adolescent children. Majority of the parents i.e. 419 (64%) were of the opinion that the doctors should routinely discuss this sensitive issue with the adolescents and 530 (81%) were of the opinion that sex education should be compulsory in the schools and should be started from the 8th standard.
Conclusion: Majority of parents in urban area want their wards be given sex education.

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