Finding Additional Resources

As a person who engages in critical thinking, you probably already have the skills you need to evaluate the resources on the parenting shelf at the library or bookstore, or the curriculum being used by your school district's sex education program. A few quick things to look at when evaluating books or curricula—what publishing house or organization released this information, what year was it published, and what are the qualifications of the authors. Just because an organization has a reputable-sounding name doesn't mean it is promoting accurate information. One example: An organization called "The Medical Institute for Sexual Health" is actually an abstinence-only advocacy organization that releases information and statistics that exclusively support its agenda, despite scientific evidence to the contrary.24 The publication date is especially important if you are looking for technical information, like contraceptive options, since updated information and new options become available as research progresses.

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