Parental involvement in sexuality education: advancing understanding through an analysis of findings from the 2010 Irish Contraception and Crisis Pregnancy Study

Caroline Kelleher, Daniel Boduszek, Ashling Bourke, Orla McBride, Karen Morgan

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Abstract

Recent research has highlighted the importance of parental involvement in sexuality education, and studies of sexuality education sometimes take place through national sexual health surveys. This paper aims to identify key parental characteristics that predict parental involvement in sexuality education while also encouraging a debate on how this topic is optimally investigated. Data used in this study comprised a subset from a nationally representative cross-sectional telephone survey of adults (18–45 years) living in Ireland (N = 3002). Parents (21–45 years) of a child/children aged 6 years or older at the time of the study (n = 966) were included in analyses. Results using propensity score analysis found that parents who reported engaging in sexuality education with their children were more likely to be women, aged 36–45 years, and also were more likely to have a larger number of children. Advancing the field of sexuality education research could be facilitated by the application of survey method and the advanced statistical techniques used here. Furthermore, a stand-alone national survey assessing parental involvement in sexuality education would be a worthy contribution to this knowledge base.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)459-469
Number of pages11
JournalSex Education
Volume13
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Feb 2013

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