Abstinence only sex education works new study finds

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    sure, it's a study run by some religious wingnut zealot at some christian cow college, but it seems that abstinence only sex education is much more effective in preventing teen pregnancies and STDs than either traditional general health courses or courses that focus on safe sex.
    it should also be noted that abstinence in this case does not refer to abstinence until marriage.

    next thing you know, there'll be pictures of dinosaurs with jesus. :eek:

    A study of middle-school students that found for the first time that abstinence-only education helped to delay their sexual initiation is already beginning to shake up the longstanding debate over how best to prevent teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

    “This is a rigorous study that means we can now say that it’s possible for an abstinence-only intervention to be effective,” Dr. John B. Jemmott III, the University of Pennsylvania professor who led the study, said Tuesday, hours after results of the study were released. “That’s important, because for some populations, abstinence is the only acceptable message.”

    In Dr. Jemmott’s research, only about a third of the students who participated in a weekend abstinence-only class started having sex within the next 24 months, compared with about half who were randomly assigned instead to general health information classes, or classes teaching only safer sex. Among those assigned to comprehensive sex-education classes, covering both abstinence and safer sex, about 42 percent began having sex.

    Abstinence-Only Education Is Found to Delay Sex - NYTimes.com
     
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    Something sounds fishy. Like there's some sort of variable that is gaming the results. Oh, wait.

    That would be it. :lol:
     
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    so anyone who is paid to participate in a study is gaming the results?

    i like you doggie, but sometimes you just don't know what the fuck you're talking about. all the students in all of the classes were paid.

    try again.
     
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    I was joking about the gaming part Del.

    Though the paid part isn't what I was pointing out. I was pointing out that only African Americans were involved in this, which may help or hurt the results.
     
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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e24fYOXzk1I]YouTube - Bill Maher - Abstinence Pledge[/ame]

    Warning. Its Bill Maher and the language is kinda crude but funny none the less.

    Young people are going to have sex and the best thing that adults can do for them is prepare them with as much knowledge as possible, most importantly on the proper use and availability of contraceptives as well as ways to prevent STDs.
     
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    which is exactly what the abstinence class taught in this study.
    from the link

    "Ms. Brown noted that the abstinence-only classes in the Jemmott study centered on people with an average age of 12 and that unlike the federally supported abstinence programs now in use, did not advocate abstinence until marriage.

    The classes also did not portray sex negatively or suggest that condoms are ineffective, and contained only medically accurate information. Dr. Jemmott’s abstinence-only course was designed for the research, and is not in current use in schools. "

    i teach (or more accurately, facilitate) a sex education program for kids in this age group that was developed by the UUA and UUC. we cover STDs, proper use of birth control, resisting peer pressure to have sex, etc. etc.

    we don't preach abstinence, but we do try to make the kids realize the enormity of the decision to become sexually active and the possible consequences of that decision beyond the obvious. we call it advocating for delay.

    if you're interested, here's a link to the program.

    UUA: Our Whole Lives
     
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    You can get your own show and be the next Dr. Phil! Without the whole fraud douche part. :cool:
     
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    they chose african americans because statistically, they are more likely to become sexually active at a younger age.
     
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    Now I personally would not instantly put aside these findings.

    One should note, however, that the abstinence class used in the study was very different from those used in any school curriculum.

    From the article.

    That being said, it is interesting that an abstinence program would delay sex in very early teens, which is what this study shows.

    However, many other studies have shown that abstinence only courses have little to no effect at all, such as the one found here:

    Abstinence education doesn't work: report | Reuters

    And here:

    Premarital Abstinence Pledges Ineffective, Study Finds - washingtonpost.com

    And there have been other studies showing that, although abstinence-only education may cause a delay in sexual activity, it leads to higher rates of teen pregnancy and STDs, after the delay in sexual activity was over.

    Many Teens Who Take 'Virginity Pledges' Substitute Other High-Risk Behavior for Intercourse, Study Says

     

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