June 15, 2005


Abstinence programs alter kids' attitudes toward sex, study says (Regina McEnery, June 15, 2005, Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Elementary and middle school students exposed to four different abstinence-until-marriage programs reported being less supportive of teen sex than youths who had no abstinence education at all, according to a large survey commissioned by the federal government.

But results of the survey, spread over 178 pages and released on Tuesday by the Department of Health and Human Services, did not examine behavioral outcomes, and critics of the abstinence movement doubt the programs, and others like them, will translate into reductions in sexual diseases or delayed sexual activity during teenage years.

Just getting them to make the moral judgement is a significant success.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 15, 2005 12:03 PM
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