New Study Shows Abstinence Education Effective 30 March 2012
Research published this week revealed more evidence that a Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) abstinence program is effective in delaying sexual onset. Four major conclusions are drawn from the article, entitled, Impact of the Choosing the Best Program in Communities Committed to Abstinence Education.

  1. Students in an SRA class were more likely to delay the onset of sexual activity from pre to posttest than their peers.
  2. The findings of this study are more realistic and relevant than the Jemmott study on abstinence, as well as most “comprehensive” sex ed. research since the study occurred in schools.
  3. The study was conducted with schools and communities that supported the SRA abstinence message for their students
  4. SRA messages must be reinforced throughout the teen years in order to sustain effect

…..At the conclusion of the 9th grade, students who were part of the 8-lesson SRA program were 1.5 times more likely to delay sex than the control group. In addition, the study found that the more lessons students received, the less likely they were to initiate sex.

The study’s findings also reiterated the importance of reinforcing the abstinence message in order to maintain initial behavioral effects. Without bolstering the message each year, the results greatly diminished, suggesting that the overwhelmingly sexual communications teens receive from multiple venues has a negative and neutralizing influence.

Valerie Huber, Executive Director of NAEA, commented: “This new study adds to 22 other peer reviewed studies showing SRA education has a positive impact on student sexual behavior. This rigorous research design adds an important exclamation point to the efficacy of abstinence-centered education. Schools that are eager to implement a sex education strategy that helps their students avoid all the risks of teen sex should take this study seriously. Officials who are crafting sex education policies at the state and federal levels should also take the results seriously. “

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