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A survey of English teenagers sexual experience and preferences for school-based sex education. / Newby, Katie; Wallace, Louise M.; Dunn, Orla; Brown, Katherine E.

In: Sex Education, Vol. 12, No. 2, 04.11.2011, p. 231-251.

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