Less Sex by Students from Abstinence-Only Classes
A study conducted among 6th to 7th graders aged 10-15 (averaging at 12) were asked to attend in any of the following three classes: eight-hour abstinence-only classes, eight-hour sex education classes, or a comprehensive 8-12 hour classes that cover both.
Another group of teenagers attended an eight-hour class for general health that does not cover sexual behavior. They are known as the control group.
After two years from the study, results show that 33% of students at the abstinence-only class engaged in sex while 50% did in the control group.
It also released the information that only 21% of the abstinence-only class participated in sexual activities during the last three months. 29% of the control group did.
“Contrary to what a lot of people believe, our research suggests that it is possible for abstinence-only interventions to be effective,” says John B. Jemmott III, PhD, of the University of Pennsylvania.
The classes however, did not stress to delay sex until marriage.