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At fourteen, Kim already has a reputation of being willing to try anything. She smokes and drinks socially with an older crowd eventhough she hates the taste of alcohol and the smell of smoke. She says she smokes and drinks because it makes her feel accepted as a person. Since her mom works late most nights, Kim is left under the supervision of her older brother, Jeff who frequently has older friends over to play guitar in the basement. On most of these occasions, Kim is invited down to the basement to "jam" with the band. At this point in Kim's life, her only aspiration is to be "cool" with Jeff's friends.
One afternoon, Jeff left to get a pizza for the band, leaving Kim alone with Jeff's friend, Kevin. Kevin saw a chance to take advantage of the situation and led Kim up to Jeff's bedroom. Frightened, yet wanting to be accepted, Kim submitted. She never asked him to use a condom. Two months later, she realizes she has not had her period. Her mother is inaccessible, so she turns to her teacher at school for help.
1. Describe the characteristics of an effective sex education program which would produce
desirable behavioral changes.
2. Some authorities believe that distribution of condoms in schools glorifies sex. What are
effective ways of informing students about contraceptives/safe sex without promoting sex ?
3. What factors put a student at risk for early sexual activity and/or becoming pregnant ?
4. How might the teacher most effectively respond to Kim ?
Internet links : Information from the following five links will assist you in responding to the above questions.
Physician's Center for Family Resources
Comprehensive Sex Education
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