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Study finds abstinence-only education works

A study published in the Archive of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine that evaluated the efficiency of abstinence-only education in young adolescents found the advice to abstain from sex is a viable preventative method.

The study showed that only one-third of the sixth and seventh-graders that were offered an eight-hour abstinence-focused program started having sex within two years. Nearly one-half of students in other classes, including a combination of contraception and abstinences, reported becoming sexually active.

The findings prove abstinence-only education can work.

"I think we've written off abstinence-only education without looking closely at the nature of the evidence," said John B. Jemmot III, a professor of communications at the University of Pennsylvania who led the study, told the Washington Post. "Our study shows this could be one approach that could be used."

The study, which was paid for by the National Institute of Mental Health, comes amid an intense debate on how to reduce teenage sexual activity and pregnancy. The Obama administration eliminated more than $170 million in annual federal funding for abstinence programs after a series of reports found that the approach was ineffective.

A recently released study by the Guttmacher Institute sited abstinence-only education as the reason for a radical increase in teenage pregnancy rates.

Comments
January 11, 2011 at 10:02 pm
(1) Laura says:

Promiscuity advocates won’t like this study!

July 11, 2011 at 8:07 pm
(2) Seriously says:

Of course abstinence works when kids are not sexually active yet. How is accepting sexuality exists promoting promiscuity. Perhaps you might want to be less selective and look a little wider at the range of studies that have been done rather than taking one that agrees with your views.

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