Adolescent sexual and reproductive health: a special theme issue of the Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality (CJHS).
The research presentations were designed to broaden knowledge and inform sexual heath education policies, practices and curriculum development. Five papers that emerged from this process are presented in this special issue of CJHS. The round-table panels drew perspectives from federal, provincial, and municipal health agencies, non-governmental organizations, and universities, on issues such as: the prospects for a greater balance between risk reduction and broader, positive approaches to healthy adolescent sexuality; the need for fuller integration of teaching approaches that identify and actively address the links between sexual health and equity and rights issues related to racial/ethnic identities and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender identities; desired trends in the relative uses of health promotion, prevention, education and new technologies to address adolescent sexual and reproductive health; and the role of community organizations in implementation of sexual health curricula for adolescents.
Our thanks to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for financial support of the event, to all presenters and participants, to the Sex Information and Education Council of Canada (SIECCAN) and CJHS for coordinating this special theme issue, and to the authors whose papers provide: an overview of trends and challenges associated with adolescent sexuality and sexual health in Canada (Eleanor Maticka-Tyndale); an examination of correlates of very early first intercourse among Canadian youth (William Boyce, Owen Gallupe and Stevenson Fergus); new findings on difficulties with sexual functioning among late adolescent and young adult male and female university students (Lucia O'Sullivan and JoAnn Majerovich); evidence of the links between stigma and the disproportionately high levels of teen pregnancy involvement among gay, lesbian, and bisexual students in British Columbia (Elizabeth Saewyc, Colleen Poon, Yuko Homma and Carole Skay); and insights into the link between ethnocultural and sexual inequities and adolescent sexual health and the need for strong classroom engagement on this topic (Andrea Martinez and Karen Phillips).
The shared interests that led us to organize and host this event also make us eager to engage colleagues in implementing the round-table ideas and in related future research.
Andrea Martinez, PhD
School of International Development and Global Studies; and Institute of Women's Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences,
University of Ottawa
Karen Phillips, PhD
Health Sciences Program, Faculty of Health Sciences; and Institute of Population Health
University of Ottawa
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|Author:||Martinez, Andrea; Phillips, Karen|
|Publication:||The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality|
|Date:||Sep 22, 2008|
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