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A needs assessment in South Wales schools for a novel medical student-led sex education programme

Twine., C.; Robbé, I.J.; Forrest, S.; Davies, S.


C. Twine.

I.J. Robbé

S. Davies


The rationale behind using medical students as sexual health educators in light of current UK governmental policy agenda and research on effective interventions is described in this paper, which also examines the results of a cross-sectional survey of the sexual health knowledge and attitude of 14-15 year-olds in some South Wales schools. Major current sources of sexual health information include school, magazines and other young people. Young people are generally well informed about contraception but ill informed of contraceptive services while tending to have a negative attitude towards their utilisation. Reasons for this include insufficient information and education on services, inaccurate perceptions of the levels of confidentiality of services and embarrassment towards general practitioners. The implications of these results are discussed in the context of the development of an effective sexual health education programme using medical students as educators in South Wales secondary schools


Twine., C., Robbé, I., Forrest, S., & Davies, S. (2005). A needs assessment in South Wales schools for a novel medical student-led sex education programme. Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning, 5(2), 137-152.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date May 1, 2005
Deposit Date Jun 24, 2009
Journal Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning
Print ISSN 1468-1811
Electronic ISSN 1472-0825
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 5
Issue 2
Pages 137-152