Abstinence ed 'outperforms' comprehensive
According to a research analyst, comprehensive sex education does not
outperform abstinence education.
Irene Ericksen of the Institute for Research and Evaluation says that
media reports continually claim that abstinence education is a failure
and that comprehensive sex ed is the only way to reduce teen
pregnancies and promote safe-sex practices. She adds that they
continually site a federal study that is riddled with myths and did not
find abstinence education effective.
"These same people aren't aware that there are 16 studies of
comprehensive sex education programs in the schools," Ericksen points
out. "Actually 64 percent of the studies that have been done of
comprehensive sex ed in the schools have found that they have not been
effective at increasing teen condom use."
Ericksen notes that promoting condom use has not only proved to be
ineffective, it also has adverse health effects.
"Even when teens use condoms consistently and correctly, they don't
provide complete protection from STDs," she adds. "And there also is
evidence that there is emotional harm that is occurring with teens when
they're having sex at this young age -- that it's not developmentally
healthy for them."
According to Ericksen, sexual activity is not appropriate for teenagers
and they should be told in very strong terms to avoid such activity.
Contact: Pete Chagnon
Date: May 19, 2009
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