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ERIC Number: ED512817
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Comprehensive Sex Education: Research and Results
Advocates for Youth
Since 1997 the federal government has invested more than $1.5 billion dollars in abstinence-only programs--proven ineffective programs which censor or exclude important information that could help young people protect their health. In fact, until recently, programs which met a strict abstinence-only definition were the only type of sex education eligible for federal funding; no funding existed for comprehensive sex education, which stresses abstinence but also provides information about contraception and condoms. But the Obama administration's proposed budget for FY10 removed the streams of funding for abstinence-only programs, and created funding for programs which have been "proven effective" at reducing teen pregnancy, delaying sexual activity, or increasing contraceptive use. Not surprisingly, it is comprehensive sex education programs which help youth remain healthy and avoid negative sexual health outcomes. This document explores the research around comprehensive sex education and abstinence-only programs.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Advocates for Youth