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20-02-2017 | Original Paper | Uitgave 6/2017

Journal of Child and Family Studies 6/2017

Hong Kong’s Parents’ Views on Sex, Marriage, and Homosexuality

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Journal of Child and Family Studies > Uitgave 6/2017
Auteurs:
Mary T. W. Leung Ling, Hui Fang Chen

Abstract

Sex education in schools has had a slow start in Hong Kong. Research has shown that many young people are dissatisfied with the inadequacy of existing sex education. This research used a survey to explore Hong Kong parents’ views on topics related to sex, marriage, and homosexuality, and when these topics should be taught. Altogether, 12 schools participated in the study. The results show that parents were reluctant to have schools discuss love and courtship with secondary students. Parents were more willing to have their children educated about the use of contraceptives and homosexuality as early as primary school. Parents expressed serious reservations about their children developing homosexual lifestyles and entering same-sex marriages. We also found differences in parents’ views with respect to age, education attained, and religion. Findings of this study were discussed with reference to future research directions and to strengthen Hong Kong parents’ contribution to the design of sex education.

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