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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Spring 2011

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Brazil: Public Health, Race, and Human Rights


Although sexual health education provided by the government through schools has shown positive results, such as those distributed by the Brazilian Ministry of Health, it is not the only source, nor the most implemented source, in which adolescents are exposed to and gain knowledge on the subjects of sexual behavior and sexual health. Just as Article 24 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child details, parents, schools and communities play important roles in the process of sexual education and are required to provide guidance and direction to youth (Pan American Health Organization, 2010). In addition to sexual health education in schools, adolescents learn about sex from other sources such as their families, friends, and the media. Each source of sexual education, whether it be positive or negative, contributes to the adolescent’s understanding of sexual behavior and sexual health in varied and sometimes conflicting ways. This research study examines the impact of the following sources of sexual education on adolescent sexual behavior and contraceptive use: sexual health education in schools, with family, friends and in the media.


Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Family, Life Course, and Society | Gender and Sexuality | Health Policy | Public Health Education and Promotion


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