ERIC Number: ED496286
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Impacts of Four Title V, Section 510 Abstinence Education Programs. Final Report
Trenholm, Christopher; Devaney, Barbara; Fortson, Ken; Quay, Ken; Wheeler, Justin; Clark, Melissa
Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
Since fiscal year 1998, the Title V, Section 510 program has allocated $50 million annually in federal funding for programs that teach abstinence form sexual activity outside of marriage as the expected standard for school-age children. A new impact report from Mathematica's congressionally mandated multi-year evaluation of four abstinence education programs finds that the programs had no effect on the sexual abstinence of youth. But it also finds that youth in these programs were no more likely to have unprotected sex, a concern that has been raised by some critics of these programs. The following are appended: (1) Supporting Tables for the Impact Analysis; (2) Outlines of Curricula Used by the Four Programs Included in This Report; (3) Survey Questions Underlying the Outcome Measures Used for the Final Impact Analysis; (4) Estimated Impacts for Selected Subgroups; and (5) Program Impacts on Potential Mediators of Teen Sexual Activity (Measured from the Final Follow-Up Survey). (Contains 18 tables and 15 figures.)
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Sexuality, Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Comprehensive School Health Education, Sex Education, Program Evaluation, Adolescents, Delivery Systems, Financial Support, At Risk Persons, Knowledge Level, Sexually Transmitted Diseases
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mathematica Policy Research, Princeton, NJ.; Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (DHHS), Washington, DC.