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Barlow, Dudley
February 2009
Education Digest;Feb2009, Vol. 74 Issue 6, p65
The article discusses research regarding the sexual behavior of students. The author comments on virginity pledges taken by students to abstain from sex until marriage but notes research that suggests abstinence promotion leads to unsafe sexual practices by students due to a lack of education regarding pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). He comments on Title V of the U.S. Social Security Act, which prohibits funding for sex education programs that do not focus on abstinence and notes studies which suggest abstinence-only sex education programs do not reduce sexual behavior in students


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