Effects of a life skills-based sexuality education program on Korean early adolescents

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Gyu-Young Lee
Da Ye Lee
Cite this article:  Lee, G., & Lee, D. (2019). Effects of a life skills-based sexuality education program on Korean early adolescents. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 47(12), e8600.


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We verified the effectiveness of a life skills-based sexuality education program that involved applying learner-centered principles among South Korean upper elementary grade students. We developed an 8-session program to improve sexuality knowledge and the sexual behaviors of adolescents through gaining practical skills applicable to daily life. Participants were 68 students at a school located in Seoul and we analyzed their data using a 1-sample t test to determine the effectiveness of the proposed intervention program. The results showed that the proposed program increased the sexuality knowledge and interpersonal skills of the adolescents; however, the improvement in sexual attitude was not statistically significant. This study is significant as the program is the first life skills-based sexuality education course developed for use with elementary school students in Korea. Our program could be used in developing a learner-centered sexuality education program applicable to real-life situations.

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