SIECUS Press Release
National Poll Shows Parents Overwhelmingly Support Comprehensive Sex Education Over Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage by 5 to 1 Margin
SIECUS Launches Parent-Child Communication Initiative
October 1, 2002
/siecus/New York, NY -- A nationwide poll recently conducted of lower-income1 parents and guardians released today by the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS) found that parents and guardians overwhelmingly support comprehensive sex education programs that teach young people all aspects of sexuality, including how to use birth control to prevent unintended pregnancy and how to protect against sexually transmitted diseases. This tremendous support cut across ethnicities -- white, African American, and Hispanic. Specifically, the poll found:
Parents and guardians at lower income levels and across ethnicities want their kids to receive a comprehensive approach to sex education that includes information about contraception and condoms to prevent unintended pregnancy and the spread of STDs, as well as about abstinence, said Tamara Kreinin, president and CEO of SIECUS. This poll demonstrates that the proliferation of unproven abstinence-only-until-marriage programs across the nation is completely out of step with the parents and guardians of our nations most vulnerable young people, Kreinin continued.
Furthermore, the poll found that while parents recognize the central role they play in teaching their children about sex and sexuality, including relationships and becoming sexually active, how to prevent pregnancy, HIV/AIDS and other STDs, as well as how to say no to sex, they are not talking to their kids about these critical issues. Specifically, the poll found:
Open, honest communication about sexual health between parents and guardians and their children is critical throughout childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood to help young people protect their health and well-being and become sexually healthy adults, said Kreinin. The results of this poll make it clear that parents and guardians may need more assistance than they think, Kreinin said.
To help get the conversation started, SIECUS is proud to announce the release of its new publication, Innovative Approaches to Increase Parent-Child Communication about Sexuality: Their Impact and Examples from the Field, and the launch of its new website www.familiesaretalking.org as part of its latest parent-child communication initiative.
For years, SIECUS has advocated for open communication between parents and guardians and their children to prevent unintended pregnancy and the spread of STDs, including HIV/AIDS. This groundbreaking publication and website will prove to be an invaluable tool for parents and guardians and their communities to increase parent-child communication about sexual health issues, Kreinin continued.
Click here for poll results.
This article was provided by Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States. It is a part of the publication SHOP Talk: School Health Opportunities and Progress Bulletin.