New Study says 'Abstinence-Only' works

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    This study refers to a more consequences based form of 'abstinence only' education, but the results are still staggering.


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    Abstinance only works in 6th and 7th graders?

    Does anyone else see something fundamentally wrong here?
     
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    Sixth and Seventh graders followed for TWO years. That will make them Eighth and Nineth Graders. I'd like to see the stats on older teens, if you please.
     
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    Yeah get back to us in a couple more years with "The rest of the story".
     
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    You don't expect this obvious trend to continue?

    Why?

    What do you think will change?
     
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    Hormone levels.
     
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    Their age, their freedom from constant supervision, their hormones.
     
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    Half the students learning about safe sex were now having sex, while only a third in the group focused on abstinence were engaged in sex.

    And those "half", if they are having sex, know how to protect themselves from pregnancy and disease.

    The "third" of the AO, are a cesspool of underweight babies, gonorrhea, syphilis and AIDS.

    NEXT!
     
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    "But in this study, the teachers didn't take it that far. They purposely stayed away from religion, morality and marriage. For example, they did not preach waiting for sex until marriage or disparage using condoms.

    A Different Approach to an Age-Old Subject
    Instead, the study took a less traditional approach, discussing the drawbacks to having sex early, such as unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Teachers even made kids list the pros and cons of having sex themselves.

    "We began by talking to children and trying to understand their motivations, reasons for engaging in the behaviors from their perspectives," says John Jemmott III, a psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania and the lead author of the study.

    "[Researchers] simply said delay," Brown says. "Wait a bit. Sex is serious. It has risks. And we just recommend you wait until you're older."

    New Study Says 'Abstinence Only' Works - ABC News

    this is very similar to the approach that we use in a sex education program developed for the UU church called our whole lives, or owl. we discuss the pressure to have sex at an early age, give kids strategies and tools to resist pressure and let them think for themselves about the consequences of an unplanned pregnancy. we do NOT preach abstinence, but we do always say that waiting is better than not waiting, and that no one of any age should have unprotected sex.

    one of the exercises we use to emphasize the consequences of unprotected sex involves a bag of red and green candies. the candies represent the outcome of unprotected sex. red is pregnant, green is not pregnant.

    the ensuing discussion centers on what the consequences of being pregnant, or having impregnated someone as a teen will be. kids aren't stupid-they pretty much teach themselves why it's better to wait than to be sexually active at a young age. my students are a little older, grade 7-9, but over the years many of the kids have told us that this type of approach has made them more comfortable about deferring sex until THEY feel like they are mentally and emotionally equipped to handle it.

    i guess the difference between our approach and a "safe sex only" approach is that many kids see a safe sex only approach as permission, if not encouragement, to engage in sexual activity. we provide the information needed to have safe sex, but as i stated before, "later is better" is our motto.

    a traditional "abstinence only or abstinence until marriage" approach is unrealistic, IMO.
     
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    We did this subject a few weeks back. Turns out there was no "abstinence ONLY" course taught but rather a course taught where abstinence was encouraged while what to do if you caved was still discussed.

    Which is the way most of us reasonable people have been saying was the best way to go about it.

    :)
     

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