Education Report Roundup

Abstinence-Only Education

April 27, 2007 1 min read

No evidence exists that abstinence-only sex education helps reduce teenage pregnancy or improve sexual health, and there is no evidence to suggest that teaching about contraception results in increased sexual activity in students, says a report by Ofsted, an education watchdog for the United Kingdom.

The Manchester-based organization found that abstinence-only programs that withheld information about contraceptives placed students at a higher risk for pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. The most effective sex education programs encouraged students to communicate their opinions clearly, make well-informed choices, and act responsibly, according to the study.

“Time for Change? Personal, Social, and Health Education” is posted by Ofsted.