Critical Comment on the 5th National Survey of Australian Secondary Students and Sexual Health

ABSTRACT

The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the 5th National Survey of Australian Secondary Students and Sexual Health 2013. This paper lists methodological concerns related to the survey.

It was considered that there were

(a) omissions in the reporting;

(b) inadequacies in the sample of schools;

(c) the infection of the school survey cohort by the inclusion of an online survey;

(d) the unrepresentative demographic nature of the sample;

(e) problems with the validity of online survey responses;

(f) concerns about the quality of the data;

(g) very low school participation rates; and

(h) the effects of non-response to the survey.

It is possible that any inferences from this survey relating to (a) the proportion of students in Australia who are same-sex attracted are demonstrably invalid or (b) policies relating to sexuality education are decidedly questionable

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