A Study of Experience of Sex Education, Awareness of Sexual Abuse, Sex Knowledge, and Sexual Consciousness of Children

아동의 성교육 경험, 성학대 인식, 성지식 및 성의식에 관한 연구

  • Choi, Young Hee (Dept. of Child and Family Welfare, The University of Suwon)
  • 최영희 (수원대학교 아동가족복지학과)
  • Received : 2013.08.08
  • Accepted : 2013.09.16
  • Published : 2013.09.30


This research was performed for examining the differences of experience of sex education and the awareness of sexual abuse according to child's sex and economic background. Also the differences of sex knowledge and sexual consciousness were analyzed according to child's sex, economic background and sex education. Subjects were 425 children from two elementary schools and 10 community child centers in H city, Gyeonggi-do. The results were as follows. First, more girls thought the desirable place for sex education was home and more girls consulted sexual problems with their parents. Children from low economic backgrounds experienced sex education at school and community child centers rather than at home. Second, both boys and girls replied that sexual abuse was due to the attacker's fault but more girls than boys attributed the fault to themselves. Third, girls' sex knowledge grade was higher than boys. Fourth, boys showed a more open attitude toward heterosexual dating, and children with a low economic background showed a higher sex drive. Fifth, a high sex drive was related to low sexual knowledge, openness in dating and high sexual ethics.


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