Young, Michael
September 2004
American Journal of Health Studies;2004, Vol. 19 Issue 3, p148
Academic Journal
This article addresses problems with the current federal approach to abstinence education and problems with curricula that are often supported by this funding. The federal definition of abstinence education is problematic for a number of reasons. In addition, there is no published research that demonstrates this approach is effective in reducing risky sexual behaviors. Problems with many abstinence education curricula include the provision of misinformation and the use of scare tactics to persuade young people to abstain from sexual involvement. Those interested in providing young people with accurate information and effective programs should take action.


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