A new study released this week shows that comprehensive sex education programs – that is, ones that include information on contraception and safe-sex practices – help reduce teen pregnancies, while abstinence-only programs do not.
The study also showed that sex ed programs that teach about contraception do not increase the likelihood that teens will engage in sex, or get STIs.
Comprehensive vs. Abstinence Only Sex Ed
This is the first study to do a national comparison of comprehensive and abstinence-only sex education programs, and will undoubtedly be the subject of controversy since it undercuts many of the reasons cited by several religious and social organizations for the continued funding of abstinence-only sex ed programs in the US (which currently cost about $170 million US per year).
You can read more about the study in this article from the Vancouver Sun.
The study, “Abstinence-Only and Comprehensive Sex Education and the Initiation of Sexual Activity and Teen Pregnancy,” was published in the Journal of Adolescent Health