On-Line Strategy To Teach Intimate and Safer Sex Communication Skills
Annual Meeting of the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender,
Teaching students intimate communication should be an essential part of basic interpersonal communication instruction. Students need to know how to express their needs, their desires, and their expectations about intimacy. Because instructional materials lack the resources and courage two professors needed for their students, the professors developed a web site that includes necessary though controversial information about intimate relationships that students need. The professors have used this website with an undergraduate and graduate interpersonal communication course. The primary purpose of the web site instruction is to help college students talk about intimacy and the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). There are basic problems with teaching effective intimate communication: (1) the content is complicated; (2) the topic must be clearly linked to general discussions about interpersonal communication; (3) it is difficult for students to discuss; and (4) the changing nature of the information makes it difficult to stay up-to-date. (An appendix presents 18 pages of web pages and web site addresses.) (CR)
Aitken, J.E. & Shedletsky, L. (1998). On-Line Strategy To Teach Intimate and Safer Sex Communication Skills. Presented at Annual Meeting of the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender 1998.