Sunday, April 15, 2007

Abstinence Programs Are A Failure

This comes as no surprise to those of us living in the real world. Teens and pre-teens are more savvy about sex than ever, and have more unsupervised time in which to indulge their explorations.

From MSNBC: Abstinence Students Still Having Sex

WASHINGTON - Students who participated in sexual abstinence programs were just as likely to have sex a few years later as those who did not, according to a long-awaited study mandated by Congress.

Also, those who attended one of the four abstinence classes reviewed reported having similar numbers of sexual partners as those who did not attend the classes, and they first had sex at about the same age as their control group counterparts — 14.9 years, according to Mathematica Policy Research Inc.

The federal government now spends about $176 million annually on abstinence-until-marriage education. Critics have repeatedly said they don’t believe the programs are working, and the study will give them reinforcement.

1 comment:

Sniderman said...

So hand out the prophylactics. Please.

Unless you believe your teen is telling you the truth.

My kids will get the speech. And they'll get it again. And I'll tell them and tell them and tell them. But I'll also tell them to get condoms if they think they are going to "do it".