Sexual Health Education in Saskatchewan High Schools: A Survey of First Year University Students

By Danielle Schmidt and June LeDrew.

Published by The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society

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This research study aims to examine 1st year university students’ experiences with the sexual health education they received in their high school in Saskatchewan, Canada. Trends currently show that the incidence of sexually transmitted infections is on the rise and the Saskatchewan rates in particular are among the highest in Canada for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea (with the highest reported rates in 15–25 year-olds). Additionally, according to Stats Canada, teenage pregnancy rates in Saskatchewan are higher than the national average, reporting that teenage pregnancy rates are highest in the North and Prairie Provinces (which includes Saskatchewan).Using the online survey tool SurveyMonkey, 51 students in a 1st year University Kinesiology and Health study class completed a questionnaire with 45 multiple choice questions and 2 open-ended questions assessing if certain sexual health topics were addressed in their classes. Participants were asked to rate the level of importance of these items to their sexual health on a Likert scale. The results of the study will be discussed and used to develop a large-scale research study for high school students in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Keywords: Sexual Health Education, Adolescent, Curriculum, High School, Saskatchewan, Canada

The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp.93-101. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 411.738KB).

Danielle Schmidt

Master's Student, Kinesiology and Health Studies, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Danielle Schmidt graduated from the Nursing Education Program of Saskatchewan in spring 2012 as a Registered Nurse. She currently works at the Regina General Hospital as a general surgery nurse. This fall she began her journey to complete her Master’s degree in the area of Kinesiology and Health Studies at the University of Regina with a focus on high school health education. In addition to health, sports have been a major focus of her life. She is currently finishing her 5th and last year of eligibility with the University of Regina Cougar Women’s Basketball Team, who has made it to the National Championships the last four out of five years.

Dr. June LeDrew

Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Dr. LeDrew is a Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology & Health Studies at the University of Regina. June has volunteered, lectured and presented workshops on many topics in the areas of health, recreation and active living. She has received the University of Regina Alumni Association’s Award for Excellence in Public Service. The financial portion of this award was donated towards the establishment of the ‘Children on the Move Scholarship’ awarded to a University of Regina student who demonstrates leadership in the promotion of children’s healthy, active lifestyles.