The aim of the PESESE research project:

1. To follow-up how sex education progressed from 1996 to 2006 in grades 7-9.

- What was the outcome of the renewal of mandatory Health Education curriculum into Sex Education in the 2000s?

2. To follow-up how the level of sexual health knowledge among adolescents (grade 8/14-15 years old) progressed from 2000 to 2006.

- How some relevant variables explain differences in their sexual knowledge?

3. To study how some applied features of sex education were related to the quality of students’ sexual health knowledge in 2006 at the 8th grade.

4. To promote sex education in schools by activating them to participate into national competition (quiz) on sexual knowledge.

- Material and a report were sent to each participating school and the best schools were promised to become nationally awarded of their sex education.


Data sets of the study are a national survey to health education teachers in 2006 that had respondents from 518 schools, and a sexual health quiz to the students at the eighth grade with 33.819 respondents in 462 schools. The results of these surveys can be compared to a similar survey of sex education sent to teachers in 1996, and to a similar sexual health quiz conducted in 2000. The research project intends to follow-up later how sex education and students sexual health knowledge are evolving in Finland.

Osmo Kontula: The evolution of sex education and students’ sexual knowledge in Finland in the 2000s

Publication: Osmo Kontula & Henna Meriläinen (2007): Koulun seksuaalikasvatus 2000-luvun Suomessa (Sex education in the Junior High School in the 2000s in Finland). Katsauksia E26/2007. Population Research Institute. Family Federation of Finland. Helsinki. 

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Research Professor, emeritus Osmo Kontula,