Education Report Roundup

Two Studies Criticize Abstinence Education

By Kathleen Kennedy Manzo — October 08, 2004 1 min read

“Five Years of Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Education: Assessing the Impact,” and “Trends in Sexual Risk Behaviors among High School Students—United States, 1991 to 1997 and 1999 to 2003,” are both available online from Advocates for Youth.

Federally financed abstinence-only sex education has done little to stem sexual activity among teenagers, conclude two reports released last week.

The reports, from Advocates for Youth, a Washington-based organization that promotes comprehensive sex education, include a review of 10 state evaluations of abstinence-only programs as well as an independent analysis of recent data on high school students’ sexual risk behaviors since the federal abstinence initiative began.