Renewed commitments in a time of vigilance: sexuality education in the USA*

  title={Renewed commitments in a time of vigilance: sexuality education in the USA*},
  author={Lorena Rodr{\'i}guez Garc{\'i}a and Jessica S. Fields},
  journal={Sex Education},
  pages={471 - 481}
Abstract Over the past 20 years, the USA has seen more than its fair share of controversy with respect to education about sexuality, sex and intimate relationships. Attention has focused on content (abstinence-only vs. comprehensive instruction), delivery (by teachers, parents, health professionals or community educators) and context (within school and beyond). In recognition of this fact, Sex Education invited the development of a virtual special issue comprising a sample of its most impactful… 

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