Jewish World Review Feb. 5, 2010 / 21 Shevat 5770
Abstinence Education Works After All
By Linda Chavez
Abstinence-only sex education has been a favorite target of the cultural
elite, who argued it was naive at best and dangerous at worst. Now, a
new study published in the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine
suggests that encouraging young teens to just say no to sex may be the
most effective method at delaying early sexual activity. The study, the
first of its kind to employ rigorous research methods in a controlled
setting, showed that programs that encouraged 12- to 14-year-old
students to refrain from sexual activity "until they are ready" were
more effective than other approaches.
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