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Sexed for Teens

Sexed for Teens

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Statistics Research on
Sex Education for Teens

Study finds teens delay sex
after abstinence-only
educationThe first study to evaluate an abstinence

program using a \u201ccontrolled\u201d design comparing it directly to
alternative strategies.
-662 African-American students, ages 11-13
-randomly assigned to go through one of four programs
Programs
% Sexually Active 2 years later
Abstinence
33.5 (also, had no negative effects on condom use)
Safe Sex
52
Taught Both
42
General Health
48.5

- no moralistic tone
- delay sex until ready \u2013 didn\u2019t emphasize marriage
- did not discount importance of condoms

-Irish Times
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/world/2010/0203/1224263659138.html
-Guttmacher Institute
http://www.guttmacher.org/
-CNN
(Tuesday, Feb 2)
http://newsbusters.org/blogs/matthew-balan/2010/02/02/jack-cafferty-abstinence-only- sex-education-might-just-
work
Teen pregnancy
-1900s: steep decline in teen pregnancies
o result of more and better use of contraceptives among sexually active
teens
-early 2000s: plateau
-2006: pregnancy rate rose3 %
Decline stopped in the early 2000s, at the same time that programs began promoting
abstinence exclusively\u2014and prohibited by law from discussing the benefits of
contraception
Guttmacher Institute
http://www.guttmacher.org/media/nr/2010/01/26/index.html
Virginity Pledges

-1993
-movement in Southern Baptist Church
- o v er 2.5 million adolescents took public \u201cvirginity pledges\u201d
-those who pledge are much less likely to have intercourse
-but only works in areas where there are fewer pledgers

oThe pledge works because it is embedded in an identity
movement.
-Promise breakers are less likely than others to use
contraception at first intercourse.
American Journal of Sociology
http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/abs/10.1086/320295
Government Involvement
-The Clinton administration began financinga bst ine nc e-o nl y
programs as part of welfare reform
- These programs got a large boost in the Bush administration.
New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/27/us/27teen.html?hpw
- The Obama administration has cut over $150 million in federal
funding for abstinence programs.

- Launching a new $114 million pregnancy prevention initiative
that will fund only programs that have been shown scientifically to
work, which may increase to $183 million next year.

- Based on the new findings, Obama administration officials said programs like the one evaluated in the study could be eligible for federal funding.

-Guttmacher Institute
http://www.guttmacher.org/
-Irish Times
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/world/2010/0203/1224263659138.html

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