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Document Number: 5682

Five Years of Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Education: Assessing the Impact - U.S. teens have the highest birth rate and one of the highest rates of sexually transmitted infections in the industrialized world. The debate on how best to address this issue pits those supporting comprehensive sex education programs against those supporting abstinence-only-until-marriage programs. This study evaluates 10 states’ abstinence-only programs to determine their short- and long-term effectiveness in delaying sexual activity among teens. The author reports that none of the programs show evidence of long-term impact on delaying sexual activity, and that they negatively impact youth’s willingness to use contraception. The report includes a chart illustrating the short- and long-term effects of the programs as well as information regarding each state's effort. (Debra Hauser, Advocates for Youth, 2004)...

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