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The limited SHE in high school is problematic because students' need for and their ability to retain and use information likely increases as they start dating more seriously and become more involved sexually (Meaney et al., 2009; SIECCAN, 2009; ZimmerGembeck et al., 2001).
Finally, the finding that coverage of topics of interest added to perceptions of quality over and above coverage of research-defined topics points to the importance of conducting elicitation research to inform SHE (Byers et al., 2013; Eisenberg, Wagenaar, & Neumark-Sztainer 1997; SIECCAN, 2009).
While research shows that most parents approve of school-based sexual health education (SIECCAN, 2010), sexual health education reforms in Quebec can potentially be met with resistance from some parents, teachers, and media.
On behalf of CSRF and SIECCAN, I trust you find this special issue of CJHS on research presented at the 41st CSRF annual meeting to be both informative and reflective of the high scientific and academic standards of the Canadian sex research community.
Trends in teenage pregnancy rates are an important indicator of young women's sexual and reproductive health and overall well-being (Darroch, Frost, Singh & Study Group, 2001; Gavin et al., 2009; Kearney & Levine, 2012; Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, 2008; SIECCAN, 2004).
Using the 2006 Statistics Canada birth rate data and the 2006 therapeutic abortion data collected by CIHI and disseminated by Statistics Canada, the Sex Information and Education Council of Canada (SIECCAN) calculated a Canadian teen pregnancy rate for the year 2006 (McKay & Barrett, 2010).
Overall, more Canadian young people are experiencing better sexual health outcomes such as lower rates of teen pregnancy and rates of condom use have increased (SIECCAN, 2010).
Evaluation studies of pregnancy and STI/HIV prevention programs based on behavioural change theories have demonstrated that such programs can be effective in promoting safer sex and contraceptive practices among young people (Albarracin et al., 2005; Johnston, Fernando, & MacBride-Stewart, 2005; SIECCAN, 2010).
This article reports on the sexual health component of a two component questionnaire survey conducted by the Sex Information and Education Council of Canada (SIECCAN) in collaboration with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).
Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Alexander McKay, Ph.D., SIECCAN, 850 Coxwell Avenue, Toronto, ON M4C 5R1.