Kelleher, Caroline, Boduszek, Daniel, Bourke, Ashling, McBride, Orla and Morgan, Karen (2013) Parental involvement in sexuality education: advancing understanding through an analysis of findings from the 2010 Irish Contraception and Crisis Pregnancy Survey. Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning, 13 (4). pp. 459-469. ISSN 1468-1811

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Recent research has highlighted the importance of parental involvement in sexuality education, and studies of sexuality education sometimes take place via national sexual health surveys. This
paper aims to identify key parental characteristics that predict parental involvement in sexuality education while also encouraging debate on how this topic is optimally investigated. Data were a subset from a nationally representative cross-sectional telephone survey of adults (18-45 years) living in Ireland (N=3002). Parents (21-45 years) of a child/children aged 6 years or older at the time of the study (n=966) were included in analyses. Results using propensity score analysis found that parents who reported engaging in sexuality education with their children were more likely to be women, aged 36-45 years, and have a larger number of children. Advancing the field of sexuality education research could be facilitated by the application of survey method and the advanced statistical techniques used here. Furthermore, a stand-alone national survey assessing parental involvement in sexuality education would be a worthy contribution to this knowledge base.

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