Sexual education in the U.S. is not well-defined, outlined, or enforced. As a result, many individuals may emerge into adulthood without a solid grasp of sexual health or sexuality. To better understand the impact of the sexual education system on emerging adults, a 22-question survey was distributed to students at Eastern Kentucky University, containing demographic, Likert scale, open ended, anatomical labeling, and multiple-choice retention-based types of questions. n=111 students responded to the survey. Participants’ responses indicated a lack of quality education, inconsistency in subject material, being taught by potentially unqualified educators, lack of retention of subject material, and a desire to know more about the following subjects: sexual pleasure, healthy relationships, STIs, consent, non-heterosexual relationships, and gender identity. Many participants’ open-ended responses relayed a desire to have received a better education and frustration with their previous educators and curricula. The results of this cross-sectional study relay a need for sexual health education at the college level to address the lack thereof in secondary institutions.

Semester/Year of Award

Fall 2020


Julie A. Lasslo

Mentor Department Affiliation

Health Promotion and Administration

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Restricted Access Thesis

Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level



Health Promotion and Administration

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