Abstinence-only programs have no impact, says newly released study findings

Read the findings as described in the research entity’s press release about the study here.

Read the study conducted by Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. here.

A little background from the press release:

The study, conducted for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, was authorized by Congress in 1997 to evaluate the effectiveness of programs funded under Title V, Section 510 of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996. Nationwide, more than 700 Title V, Section 510 programs receive up to $50 million annually from the federal government in order to teach youth about abstinence from sexual activity outside of marriage. Additional funding from state matching block grants brings annual spending for Title V, Section 510 sexual abstinence education programs to $87.5 million.

The Bush administration and previously Republican-led Congress, so concerned with abstinence before marriage and supplanting teachers with computer software, spent an awful lot of money monitoring the failure of their efforts to socially engineer us away from rather intractable evidence to the contrary (like, 95% of people have sex before marriage, a practice that even our grandmothers engaged in, and parents are still the most important factor in a child’s life). Oh, wait – I thought that was an accusation conservatives always make of the liberals?

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2 thoughts on “Abstinence-only programs have no impact, says newly released study findings

  1. I have no idea why they thought this would work. And yes I am also glad Strickland refused the money; kids may do what they want anyway but being informed on all sides of the issue seems to me a better way of approaching it. Possibly the Bush twins should be setting policy on this and not the President.

  2. Here is a link to a good website that supports comprehensive sex education.SIECUSThey even have lesson plans online.I am very pleased that Governor Strickland refused federal funds for abstinence only education.

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