Added Power and Understanding in Sex Education (A PAUSE): a sex education intervention staffed predominantly by school nurses



The National Health Service (NHS) Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (Dickson et al., 1997) has suggested that despite the best efforts of education and medicine, school-based sex education programmes that result in behaviour change continue to be rare. Indeed, there is a growing body of evidence to suggest that traditional approaches to sex education are failing to meet the needs of young people. Added Power and Understanding in Sex Education (A PAUSE), reported by Mellanby et al. (1995a), is a programme now staffed predominantly by school nurses, which has shown positive medical and educational benefits that are, we believe, unique in Europe (Mellanby et al., 1995b).


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