Reports & Research

The Missing Component in Sex Education: Healthy Relationship Educaction

Nov 23, 2015

In this article, ICF experts Allison Hyra and Matthew Shepherd look at the missing component in sex education; healthy relationship education.

Healthy relationship programs teach young people how to effectively communication their needs and thoughts, negotiate differences and deal with conflict safely, and determine their current and future relationship goals.  These programs also describe warning signs of unhealthy or unsafe dating relationships and describe each partner’s rights and responsibilities around respecting each other. 

Many participants receive healthy relationship education through their school system, but other programs are through after-school programs, faith-based institutions, community organizations, or even juvenile detention centers.  These programs are offered to young people with a variety of needs or in different life stages. 

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