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08/03/2007 10:40 AM ID: 63990 Permalink   

Study: Abstinence Education Failing

 

A team at Oxford University has found that teaching abstinence to young people is failing to protect them from sexual diseases or unwanted pregnancies. The idea of teaching abstinence rather than safe sex has become popular in the US.

The study found that teens who were taught abstinence partook in exactly the same behaviours as those who had no sex education, and that abstinence education had neither a positive nor a negative impact on teen behaviour.

The study’s lead author, Kirsten Underhill, said: "Our analysis suggests that abstinence-only programmes that aim to prevent HIV are not effective. This finding has key implications for policy and practice, especially in the US…”

 
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  Abstinence  
 
only works for a select few, and hey, more power to them. The majority of human beings however are going to fool around if they want to. Its better to educate about safe sex practices than it is to say, don't have sex, its the best way to have safe sex huhuhu. Lets face it, at some point someones gonna do the nasty, and they might as well be educated enough to strap on a rubber or other means of protection, right?
 
  by: Jediman3     08/03/2007 02:29 PM     
  All I have to do is read the title of this article  
 
and say:

Well Duh!!!
 
  by: slavefortheman     08/03/2007 03:19 PM     
  Don't be a fool,  
 
Wrap your tool.
 
  by: h00ter86   08/03/2007 06:04 PM     
  BS Study  
 
Doesn't really tell you much other than abstinence education isn't working. It tells you almost nothing about the demographics. I'd like to see what the parameters were for the study, what the paradigm looked like, and all that good stuff.

I'm not saying that abstinence-only programs are fool-proof or that they necessarily work. But, I will go so far as to say that any program will fail if not supported by the parents and community.

It's a hard notion to get into the heads of kids when they aren't receiving guidance and consistency from the adults in the community.

Without the breakdown of the study, I can't really give a whole lot of credence to the findings. I'd like to make sure they covered all the bases.

No fault to the reporter though, the information just isn't there.

 
  by: ablindmansees     08/03/2007 06:28 PM     
  Reason #239  
 
239. I didn't want to abstain...
http://www.shortnews.com/...
 
  by: Zpravodajec     08/03/2007 07:50 PM     
  Even better  
 
Here's a good educational idea:

http://www.2flashgames.com/...

 
  by: Rislone   08/03/2007 11:32 PM     
  I can tell you  
 
the whole cause of this problem is from the opposite sex. Nuff said.
 
  by: Rosko Sinep     08/04/2007 12:03 AM     
  Well,  
 
at our high school, the last year we had a real sexual education program, there were 16 pregnancies, then we got rid of them in favor of "abstinence education" or some bull, and our last year there were ~36. Hurray.
 
  by: fballer23   08/04/2007 06:32 AM     
  @blindman  
 
"Doesn't really tell you much other than abstinence education isn't working."

What more does it need to say? If a has been shown to be without effect across 15,000 people (a VERY substantial sample), maybe it's time to concede the program is a failure. No amount of idealism is going to change that. A little reasoning, though...the schools that have adopted these methods are probably in the most socially conservative areas. If the programs cannot work THERE, where can they work?
 
  by: MomentOfClarity     08/06/2007 07:37 PM     
 
 
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