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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)




in the United States, sex education curricula sponsored by public school districts varies from state-to-state. Nationally, this arrangement provides students with varied levels of exposure to critical sex education information. Sex education is mandatory in Mississippi, but is not required to be medically accurate, include HIV education, and be culturally appropriate or unbiased. Mississippi's sex education curriculum is mandated to be age appropriate and can promote religion. the parameters of sex education in Mississippi have led to sex information gaps for youth. Black males experience this lack of information and turn to other sources to fill in the resulting information gaps. Such resources often included other people and Internet sources. This self-selected information allowed youth to understand the logistics of sexual behaviors resulting in them becoming more sexually responsible in their activities. the sex education received in school€”combined with their independent exploration€”provided the foundation for developing sexual wellness.

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