Dutch adolescents develop their sexuality in a stepwise manner, gradually progressing from first kiss to first sexual intercourse. Adolescents who follow a stepwise sexual development are more confident and engage in less risky sexual behaviour than those who do not. Thus, the stepwise 'sexual career' is an excellent model for guiding development of age-appropriate sex education.
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van der Doef, S., Reinders, J. Stepwise sexual development of adolescents: the Dutch approach to sexuality education. Nat Rev Urol 15, 133–134 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1038/nrurol.2018.3