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P189 Reflections on school sex education from young adults: a survey via social media
  1. Bethan Powell1,
  2. Tristan Barber1,2
  1. 1Imperial College London, London, UK
  2. 2Chelsea and Westminster hospital, London, UK

Abstract

Introduction With inconsistency of sexual education in schools, we used social media to ascertain opinions from a group aged 18-25 in the UK.

Methods A short survey of four questions was distributed via Facebook to immediate contacts to the primary author. 91 anonymous responses received (demographics not available).

Questions were • Which topics were covered in your sex education during your time in school?

• When do you think it is appropriate to begin sex education?

• Which areas of sexual education would you like to see improved?

• Is there anything that you wish you had been told during your sexual education?

The first two were multiple choice; second two were free text.

For analysis, ‘sex education’ was used as an umbrella term for education relating to sex (anatomy and practice), relationships, gender and sexuality. Responses for questions 3 and 4 were combined as they generated similar results.

Results Question 1:

Abstract P189 Table 1

63/91 (69%) believed sexual education should begin during primary school. 31/91 (34%) wished that consent had been covered better, often combined with the implication that this lack of education had affected their personal life.

Discussion While not without limitations, our short survey gave some interesting results worthy of further exploration, suggesting that UK sexual education needs reform before it meets the needs of modern young people.

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