Most lower-income parents support comprehensive sex ed

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com October 04 2002 11:00 PM ET

A survey by The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States shows that more than 80% of lower-income parents and guardians in the country support comprehensive sex education for youth, including information given both at home and in the classroom regarding contraception and condom use.

The survey asked 803 lower-income parents and guardians of children ages 5 to 18 what kind of sex information they thought children should receive. Eighty-one percent of the survey respondents, all earning less than 250% of the federal poverty level, said they favor comprehensive sex education over abstinence-only programs. Additionally, more than 90% of the respondents said contraception and sexually transmitted disease protection should be discussed in the home. But the poll also found that about one fifth of the respondents with children ages 13 to 14 and more than 10% of parents with children ages 15 to 18 have not discussed sex with their children.