Sex education should touch on emotions, survey suggests

NZ Herald Oct 13, 2009

Most New Zealanders would have liked to learn more about the emotional side of sex during their sex education, says a survey by condom maker Durex. Sex education in New Zealand was dominated by “facts of life” topics such as puberty, pregnancy and menstruation, according to the latest Durex Sexual Wellbeing survey, released today. However, 63 per cent of New Zealanders surveyed said they wished their sex education had covered the emotional side of sex as well.

Also featuring high on the wish-list was abortion, with 39 per cent wishing this topic had been covered, and more than a third wished they had been taught more about HIV/Aids (37 per cent). Half wished relationships had been covered.