Sixth Formers’ views and suggestions for relationships & sexuality education in Northern Ireland

  • Ellen Parish

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctorate in Educational, Child and Adolescent Psychology


This research explores young people (YP)’s perspectives on school-based Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) in Northern Ireland (NI). This mixed-methods study comprised of an anonymous online questionnaire (n = 604) and six follow up interviews with sixth-form students (n = 8). Descriptive and inferential statistics were used to describe the nature of RSE provision reported and explore if young people’s views differ as a function of gender identity, sexual orientation, or type of school attended. Thematic analysis was used to explore young people’s views in their own words from both interview data and open-ended survey responses.

Thesis embargoed until 31 December 2024
Date of AwardDec 2022
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Queen's University Belfast
SupervisorEnda Cunningham (Supervisor) & Stephanie Burns (Supervisor)


  • Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE)
  • sex education

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