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Abstinence Education: Assessing the Evidence

Abstinence Education: Assessing the Evidence
Source: The Heritage Foundation

This paper discusses 21 studies of abstinence education. Fifteen studies examined abstinence programs that were primarily intended to teach abstinence. Of these 15 studies, 11 reported posi­tive findings. The other six studies analyzed virgin­ity pledges, and of these six studies, five reported positive findings. Overall, 16 of the 21 studies reported statistically significant positive results, such as delayed sexual initiation and reduced levels of early sexual activity, among youths who have received abstinence education. Five studies did not report any significant positive results.


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