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Abstinence Education: Assessing the Evidence

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Publication Date: April 2008

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Christine C. Kim; Robert Rector

Topic: Social conditions (Sex)

Keywords: Welfare; sex ed; sex education; abstinence education

Coverage: United States


Abstinence education provides life and decision-making skills that lay the foundation for personal responsibility and healthy relationships later in life. Eleven of the 15 authentic abstinence programs discussed in this paper reported positive findings; five of the six studies of virginity pledges reported positive findings. Overall, 16 of the 21 studies reported positive results among youths who received abstinence education.


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