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April 16, 2007

Shocker of the day: Abstinence-only ed doesn't work

A new study shows that abstinence-only sex education shows has no effect on the sexual behavior of U.S. teenagers. Money not so well spent, I guess.

Researchers tracked four groups of children in two rural and two urban communities, half of them given abstinence-only training. All the children received whatever sexual education was routinely given in their community.

When the study ended, the children's average age was just under 17. By that time, almost half had become sexually active, The Washington Post reported.

Fewer than 25 percent of the sexually active group reported consistent condom, use while 1/3 had had multiple partners. Teens who had been through abstinence-only education had the same behavior as the others.

You can read the full report here.

Posted by Jessica at April 16, 2007 12:15 PM