TITLE

Abstinence-Only Programs Under Fire

AUTHOR(S)
Hampton, Tracy
PUB. DATE
May 2008
SOURCE
JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association;5/7/2008, Vol. 299 Issue 17, p2013
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on issues surrounding federal programs promoting sexual abstinence among adolescents in the U.S. Studies cited show that abstinence promotion had little impact on sexual activity, pregnancy prevention, and sexually transmitted diseases in teenagers. The research has led some health officials to question the validity of these federally funded programs. Several medical organizations are voicing their support for more comprehensive sex education programs in schools, while denouncing abstinence-only programs.
ACCESSION #
31910118

 

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