Sunday, August 12, 2007

Sex education

Jonathan Adler from The Volokh Conspiracy mentions briefly another study showing that abstinence-only sex education ("Just Say No To Sex, or you'll go blind") has no effect on teen sex rates.

A new study in the British Medical Journal confirms prior research indicating that abstinence-only education has no effect, positive or negative, on sexual behavior. As critics have long maintained, this review of available empirical research indicates that abstinence-only education does not prevent teenagers from having sex or reduce the incidence of sexually transmitted diseases. At the same time, and contrary to the claims of some critics, abstinence-only education does not appear to increase the rate of unprotected sexual activity.

Some of the comments are worth reading too.

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