February 2, 2010

ONCE AGAIN, SCIENCE SUPPORTS sTUPIDITY:

No Surprise: Abstinence Works (Investor's Business Daily, 2/02/10)

[N]ow a study financed by the federal government and conducted by a team of University of Pennsylvania researchers, led by Dr. John Jemmott, has found that an abstinence-only approach can be superior to the kinds of sexual education programs that presume early sexual activity to be inevitable.

The study's findings, published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, were based on an experiment involving 662 black grade-school students who were mostly 12 years old. They were divided into three groups, one of which took a program discouraging sexual activity, another that took one teaching safe sex, and a third longer-instruction program that used both approaches.

During the following two years, only 33% of those in the abstinence-only program had become sexually active. About 42% of those attending the mixed or "comprehensive" instruction became active. And most — 52% — of those who took the safe-sex-only course had engaged in sexual activity.

While Jemmott said that abstinence should be just one of "a variety of interventions" used against the spread of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases and to prevent teen pregnancy, the evidence has been mounting in favor of basing instruction on abstinence.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 2, 2010 8:44 PM
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