Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 8 years ago

does abstinence education work?


Effectiveness of Program

Previously, when discussing abstinence-only education, most people would reference a recent summary by the Cochrane Collaboration. The Cochrane folks studied 13 abstinence-only education programs – they could not find one that showed an “enduring effect” on teen’s sexual behavior.

In addition to the Cochrane study, another federally funded study of four abstinence-only programs by the Mathematica Policy Research Inc., published in April of 2007, revealed similar results. The research group found that “participants had just as many sexual partners as nonparticipants and had sex at the same median age as nonparticipants.” In other words, abstinence education programs did nothing favorable – the result was the same as if there were no program being offered at all.

Now a third study, this by Janet E. Rosenbaum of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, revealed some of the most troubling data of all. A national longitudinal study of adolescents, spe

Update 2:

100% of people sin when it comes to sex

Update 3:

Final Nail in the Coffin

In the most recent study, researchers compared teens who had taken the virginity pledge to those who had not taken a pledge. The researchers found results similar to the aforementioned studies.

First, the rate of the teens taking part in sex was the same. Those taking the virginity pledge were just as likely to have intercourse. The only positive, statistically small, was that those taking the pledge had 0.1 fewer sex partners over the five year study than did those who did not take such a pledge.

However, two other findings were most damning. First, those taking the virginity pledge were less likely to protect themselves. Pledge takers were found to be less frequent users of condoms and other forms of birth control.

Update 4:

santorum feels it's ok for states to ban condoms

6 Answers

  • 8 years ago
    Best Answer

    I've never thought that abstinence only education works - what is important is that the Government is not sticking their nose in it.

    It is NOT the Government's job to make sure, with MANDATES, that you don't get pregnant nor is it their job to make sure that you don't get an STD.

  • 8 years ago

    Nope. Look at teen pregnancy rates, you'll see that abstinence-only states are at the top.

    The safest way to avoid ski injury is not to ski, but it's a pointless statement.

  • PoBoy
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    Just say no to Just Say No - the answer is education, birth control and, when necessary, abortion.

  • IceT
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    It is 100% effective!

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  • 8 years ago

    ask bristol palin.

  • dude
    Lv 6
    8 years ago


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