The Politics of Youth, Sex, and Health Care in American Schools

1st Edition

Marvin D Feit, Barbara A Rienzo, Barbara A Rienzo

Published October 17, 2002
Reference - 186 Pages
ISBN 9780789012722 - CAT# HW14561

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Examine school-based health clinics and the political considerations and strategies that can help them succeed!

The Politics of Youth, Sex, and Health Care in American Schools reveals the history and political dynamics involved in building and sustaining an important innovation in the way health care services are delivered to America’s youth: the school-based health clinic. These clinics provide vital health services--including crucial yet controversial reproductive services--to youth. In addition to analyzing the nature and extent of the political barriers facing school-based clinics, this vital book describes the strategies that have proven most effective in overcoming them.

This essential book begins with an overview of the existing literature on the history and provision of health care for youth. Then it presents the results of a study that utilized a two-pronged approach: a nationwide survey of clinic administrators (supplemented with aggregate data) and intensive case studies of five representative locales. By combining the quantitative data from the national survey with the more qualitative information gleaned from the case study field work, The Politics of Youth, Sex, and Health Care in American Schools can deliver broad yet accurate generalizations as well as detailed interpretation of the authors’findings.

This informative and insightful volume explores:
  • the ways that school-based health clinics (SBHCs) have evolved, confronted opposition, and grown
  • day-to-day issues that SBHCs face, including inadequate funding, lack of parental involvement, unsupportive teachers and schools, staffing/training issues, cultural issues, and more
  • sources of opposition to SBHCs, including fundamentalist Protestants, Black Evangelicals, Catholics, and conservative parent groups
  • ways to establish successful school health care reforms
  • issues and recommendations for SBHCs in the future
To date, there have been very few empirical studies of the politics of school health or of the provision of sexuality-related health services for youth. The greatest depth and breadth of information you can find on the subject is here, in The Politics of Youth, Sex, and Health Care in American Schools.


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