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Dutch researchers call for sex education in primary schools

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 22 September 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:654
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. Utrecht

    Dutch researchers are calling for more primary school sex education after a study of sexual behaviour that shows that more teenagers are having sex than 10 years ago, and they are starting younger.

    The report, produced by two Dutch sexual health organisations, concludes that it is important for teenagers' sexual health to have a “warm family environment.” Teenagers who received help and affection from their parents had less experience of sex, were more competent at negotiating with sexual partners, used contraception better, and were less likely to be forced into sex.

    This first large scale study since 1995 included responses from 5000 12 to 25 year olds. It aims to mould health promotion policies in a …

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