Abstinence-Only Education Proves Effective

AFA Journal 30 Nov 06
A new study reveals that abstinence-only programs can be effective in reducing teen sex and in delaying their “sexual debuts” without discouraging the use of condoms during future encounters.The study, under the leadership of author John Jemmott of the University of Pennsylvania, involved 662 African-American students from inner-city middle schools in Philadelphia. Ranging in age from 10 to 15, the participants and their actions led to the following conclusion: Those who received abstinence-only teaching were less likely to have had sex at a 24-month follow-up evaluation, as compared to other students who were exposed to “safer sex” teaching and condom use without a mention of abstinence.