abstinence education is ineffective
a report for the u.s. department of health and human services came out this month detailing the proven ineffectiveness of abstinence education in schools. for my group's presentation, we are looking at the epistimology of sexuality of girls and one of the categories is education.
since fiscal year 1998, the title v, section 510 program has allocated $50 million annually in federal funding for programs that teach abstinence from sexual activity outside of marriage as the expected standard for school-age children.
findings indicate that youth in the program group were no more likely than control group youth to have abstained from sex and, among those who reported having had sex, they had similar numbers of sexual partners and had initiated sex at the same mean age.
overall, the programs improved identification of stds but had no overall impact on knowledge of unprotected sex risks and the consequences of stds. both program and control group youth had a good understanding of the risks of pregnancy but a less clear understanding of stds and their health consequences.