Special Issue "Sexual Health and Sexual Behavior in the 21st Century"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Behavior, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2023 | Viewed by 1354
Interests: sexuality and biopsychosocial aspects; sexual education
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During the 21st century, there has been an evolution concerning mainly sexual health and well-being.
The second half of the 20th century provided man a tremendous opportunity by overcoming stereotypes and taboos, such as that of homosexuality, and to this day sexual activity is complementary to other daily activities.
The concept of sexual health no longer refers only to the absence of pathology or dysfunction, but to the presence of a good attitude on a psychological and relational level toward sex.
Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free from coercion, discrimination, and violence. To achieve and maintain sexual health, the sexual rights of every human being must be respected, protected, and fulfilled.
Unfortunately, however, sexual rights are not always respected, and while there has been a broader openness with respect to sexuality in recent years in many parts of Europe, one key part is missing: sex education.
"Sex education" means learning relative to the cognitive, emotional, social, relational, and physical aspects of sexuality. It begins early in childhood and continues throughout adolescence and adult life with children and adolescents, sex education aims to support and protect sexual development.
Gradually, sex education increases the empowerment of children and youth by providing them with positive information, skills, and values to understand their own sexuality and enjoy it, have relationships that are safe and rewarding, and behaving responsibly with respect to their own and others' sexual health and well-being.
Modern society lacks the necessary knowledge, especially when there is a need for complex and technical information (such as that concerning contraception or how sexually transmitted infections are transmitted).
Moreover, it is the young people themselves who often, once they enter puberty, prefer to turn to sources other than their parents, who are perceived as too close. In fact, the thing to consider is that in the 21st century there has been a leap forward in terms of information regarding sexuality, but the advent of technology has led young people to seek information in the wrong way, receiving information from social sources instead of having proper education from a ”real figure”.
Dr. Stefano Eleuteri
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- sexual health
- sexual rights
- sex education
- sexual development