Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Abstinence Sex Ed Superior to "comprehensive"

Study comparing abstinence sex ed and 'comprehensive' sex ed shows abstinence winning 36% to 25% on a key metric:

IRE then analyzed these school-based programs according to what it considered to be more meaningfulstandards of effectiveness:
1) Did the program increase teen abstinence or consistent condom use?
2) Did this behavior change occur for the target population and not just for a subgroup of students?
3) Did the effect last at least one year, that is, from one school year to the next?
Applying these criteria, IRE found that a higher percent of school-based abstinence programs were effective than CSE programs: 36% vs. 25%.
This review contradicts recent claims made in Time, Newsweek, and a Congressional letter circulated by Rep. Paul Hodes (D-New Hampshire) that abstinence education has failed while comprehensive sexeducation has been successful. Dr. Weed expressed surprise that the lack of evidence of CSE success in schools had not been reported: “Research evidence does not support the widespread distribution of comprehensive sex education in the schools or the elimination of abstinence education as a viable
prevention strategy.”

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