Assessing Attitudes and Knowledge Toward Sexual Intercourse of Adolescent Students

Darcy Castleberry, Timothy Baghurst


Effective sexual education is important for adolescent students (Abraham, Henderson, & Der, 2004). A comprehensive sexual education program provides students with information about safe sexual practices that can help students make more intelligent choices when becoming sexually active (Wisnieski, 2013). Assessing the knowledge and attitudes of students may increase their awareness of risks and knowledge about sexual activity while providing educators with an understanding of what does and does not need to be taught to students. This article presents an overview of current research associated with adolescent sex education, and provides an explanation of how the Sex Knowledge and Attitude Test for Adolescents (SKAT-A) can be used to measure students’ knowledge and attitudes toward sexual intercourse. Using such a measure might serve to improve the knowledge and attitudes of adolescent students towards sexual intercourse and provide an opportunity to evaluate the effectiveness of educational interventions.

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