Beyond the Cramming Approach: A Study on School-based Sexuality Education for Adolescents
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In Mainland China,
sexuality education for adolescents has been a significant yet underdeveloped
field. Though prescribed as the major institution, schools (primary and middle
schools), in practice, are mostly absent when carrying out such education.
However, social work with children and youth sets in motion new educational
plans. Aimed at exploring characteristics of this new approach, the authors
interviewed 12 frontline youth workers and conducted on-site observations.
Findings revealed that unlike the traditional biologically-oriented approach,
sexuality education initiated by social workers incorporated more
psychological, social, and cultural elements. The programs were tailor-made on
the basis of target groups’ developmental stage and respective needs. Youth
workers made use of diverse methods to maximize its effectiveness, such as case
work, group work, class meetings, and lectures. Interestingly, we found that
youth workers were highly influenced by the traditional gender roles, which
potentially desensitize them to the disempowering consequences. The study
suggested a need for raising youth workers’ gender awareness, particularly in
terms of equipping them with more knowledge and understanding pertinent to the
different sexual orientations and gender identities.

Acceptance Date26/11/2016
All Author(s) ListHUANG Dan, YUAN Rui, NGAI Sek-yum
Name of ConferenceTransforming Social Welfare and Social Work in China
Start Date of Conference17/12/2016
End Date of Conference18/12/2016
Place of ConferenceGuangzhou
Country/Region of ConferenceChina
Proceedings TitleProceedings of Transforming Social Welfare and Social Work in China
Place of PublicationGuangzhou
Pages66 - 66
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
Keywordssexuality education; social work with children and youth; local experiences; school-based.

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