But heterosexual adolescents were more likely to prefer to get this instruction from teachers. Federal guidance requires all programs to adhere to an eight-point definition of abstinence-only education see Table 1and prohibits programs from disseminating information on contraceptive services, sexual orientation and gender identity, and other aspects of human sexuality [ 223 ].
Table 3 Teen pregnancy, abortion and birth rates per girls aged 14—19 by level of abstinence education. There were other differences. What are the arguments? Trends in teen pregnancy and birth rates after accounting for socioeconomics, education and ethnic diversity.
This approach was also observed to de-eroticize and disembody sex.
State refusals of federal funding Related to the above concerns about a lack of efficacy, medical inaccuracy and the ethically untenable position of withholding potentially life-saving information, a number of states have refused or are planning to refuse federal Title V, Section abstinence-only funding.
Bearman PS, Brueckner H. Teen pregnancy rates differ across these three ethnic groups. Author information Article notes Copyright and License information Disclaimer. Does Sex Education Help Everyone?
Such obligations extend to government funded health education and healthcare services. AccessedSep It lays out methodology for the review, and provides clear arguments against programs presenting abstinence as the sole option for pregnancy and STI prevention for adolescents.
Following the analysis of the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center which categorizes the data on abstinence education into four levels from least to most emphasis on abstinence: no provision, abstinence covered, abstinence promoted, abstinence stressedwe assigned ordinal values from 0 through 3 to each of these four categories respectively.
Stein R. However, a public controversy remains over whether this investment has been successful and whether these programs should be continued. Editorial Projects in Education Research Center.
A The adjusted median household income significantly influenced teen pregnancy and birth rates, but the level of abstinence education still had a significant influence on teen pregnancy and birth rates after accounting for socioeconomic status. Journal of Adolescent Health.
Religiosity and teen birth rate in the United States. Get involved in our campaigns and help ensure young people's health and rights. These data can be interpreted in two ways: 1 pregnant teens who give birth are less likely to finish high school and go on to college i.