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Sex education should begin in primary school

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 02 January 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:57
  1. Oluwatoyin Ejidokun, Specialist registrar in public health medicine,
  2. Diane McNulty, Health promoting schools coordinator.,
  3. John Linnane, Consultant in public health medicine,
  4. Sam Ramaiah, Director of public health medicine
  1. Walsall Health Authority, Walsall WS1 1TE

    EDITOR—We read with interest the news story about the ChildLine report in which children expressed concerns about puberty.1 We were especially concerned about the dearth of information and support provided by the children's parents.

    During the past century, there has been an acceleration in the rate of physical growthof children and adolescents, leading to faster and earlier maturation. There has also been a downward trend in the …

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