Document Type


Publication Date

Winter 12-2005

Journal / Book Title

American Journal of Sexuality Education


The purpose of this study was to use qualitative evaluation techniques to explore the perceptions of students enrolled in undergraduate human sexuality classes regarding their expectations for the course as well as outcomes. One hundred forty-eight students were surveyed at the beginning and again at the end of the semester-long course. While pregnancy and STI prevention were considered important components of their courses, other outcomes associated with positive, healthy sexuality were given greater emphasis. Results suggest that while primary and secondary level sexuality education have been increasingly focused on abstinence-only education with a focus on pregnancy and STI reduction, this may not represent what is most important from students' perspectives. It also suggests that college may be one place where more comprehensive sexuality education can still be taught.


Published Citation

Goldfarb, Eva S. "What is comprehensive sexuality education really all about? Perceptions of students enrolled in an undergraduate human sexuality course." American Journal of Sexuality Education 1, no. 1 (2005): 85-102.