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Teen sex increased after abstinence program Texas study finds no impact on sexual behavior
msnbc ^ | Feb. 1, 2005

Posted on 02/01/2005 11:28:59 AM PST by nyg4168

HOUSTON - Abstinence-only sex education programs, a major plank in President George W. Bush’s education plan, have had no impact on teenagers’ behavior in his home state of Texas, according to a new study.

Despite taking courses emphasizing abstinence-only themes, teenagers in 29 high schools became increasingly sexually active, mirroring the overall state trends, according to the study conducted by researchers at Texas A&M University.

“We didn’t see any strong indications that these programs were having an impact in the direction desired,” said Dr. Buzz Pruitt, who directed the study.

The study was delivered to the Texas Department of State Health Services, which commissioned it.

The federal government is expected to spend about $130 million to fund programs advocating abstinence in 2005, despite a lack of evidence that they work, Pruitt said.

“The jury is still out, but most of what we’ve discovered shows there’s no evidence the large amount of money spent is having an effect,” he said.

The study showed about 23 percent of ninth-grade girls, typically 13 to 14 years old, had sex before receiving abstinence education. After taking the course, 29 percent of the girls in the same group said they had had sex.

Boys in the tenth grade, about 14 to 15 years old, showed a more marked increase, from 24 percent to 39 percent, after receiving abstinence education.

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KEYWORDS: abstinence; biblethumpers; cantgetany; fascist; hitlerworshipper; nazi; sex; taliban; teens; uglylosers
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What to do?
1 posted on 02/01/2005 11:28:59 AM PST by nyg4168
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To: nyg4168

Pull your kid out of public school.


2 posted on 02/01/2005 11:31:07 AM PST by MacDorcha
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To: nyg4168

I will say it again and again - this belongs in the home and not school!


3 posted on 02/01/2005 11:31:12 AM PST by Mfkmmof4
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To: Mfkmmof4

Agreed. This falls under morality, and that is something for the government to keep its chubby fingers out of. Teach your kids in the home, or don't teach them anything - its up to the parents, not your neighbors and the bureaucrats.


4 posted on 02/01/2005 11:33:04 AM PST by Banach-Tarski (Get US out of the UN)
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To: nyg4168

No cause and effect. The kids got a year older, so more of them were active.


5 posted on 02/01/2005 11:35:15 AM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: little jeremiah

Ping


6 posted on 02/01/2005 11:36:24 AM PST by EdReform (Free Republic - helping to keep our country a free republic. Thank you for your financial support!)
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To: nyg4168
Teach kids the birds and bees. Discourage them from having sex, but recognize that it happens. Encourage the use of condoms and birth control.

The number of teen having sex will fluctuate from year to year, but given the right tools and information they can at least greatly lessen the chance of picking up an STD or knocking/getting knocked up.

7 posted on 02/01/2005 11:37:16 AM PST by Zeroisanumber
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Yes, they got more active as they got a year older, but those who got abstinence education got more active at the same rate as those who did not get the education. So the abstinence education didn't seem to have any effect.


9 posted on 02/01/2005 11:38:31 AM PST by nyg4168
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To: nyg4168

"The federal government is expected to spend about $130 million to fund programs advocating abstinence in 2005, despite a lack of evidence that they work, Pruitt said."

The Federal Government is wasting money? I'm shocked! </sarcasm


10 posted on 02/01/2005 11:38:36 AM PST by monday
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To: nyg4168

The program was a Bush idea. The Democrats in Texas couldn't back any program he had anything to do with so they told their kids he was wrong. "It is NOT a good thing to abstain". Naturally, all the little Dem kids followed their parents advice and went out and had sex.


11 posted on 02/01/2005 11:43:17 AM PST by OldYank1
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To: Pearls Before Swine
"The kids got a year older"

Just what I was thinking. Are they going to actually give these "researchers' at A&M a degree for this claptrap?

Weeee! Look at ME!!!

In twenty years more of the girls will be sexually active.
I's a Porfeshimanl Reesurcher.
12 posted on 02/01/2005 11:46:58 AM PST by avg_freeper (Gunga galunga. Gunga, gunga galunga)
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To: monday

I may be missing something, but i didn't see anyplace where the article compared abstinence only to the other programs as far as increase in sexual activity. Did I just not see it?

I don't think that any form of sex education in school is going to succeed in encouraging abstinence, unless the same message is heard clearly at home. And earlier points that abstinence/sexual education belongs in the home are pretty true. However, schools providing a "safe sex" message - let alone, "explore your potential homosexuality" are extremely counterproductive.


13 posted on 02/01/2005 11:48:11 AM PST by Wicket (God bless and protect our troops and God bless America)
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To: nyg4168

I'm sure. When faced with such a counter-intuitive study, the only conclusion is that the entrenched interests cooked the numbers and/or that the instructors charged with implementing the program didn't believe in it and did their own thing. Possible? Yes. Likely? Yes.


14 posted on 02/01/2005 11:50:12 AM PST by Antoninus (In hoc sign, vinces )
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To: monday

I was just going to say; that has never stopped Democrats. In fact, if we follow their paradigm...all we need is MORE money.


15 posted on 02/01/2005 11:51:27 AM PST by cwb
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To: Mfkmmof4

Thank you.

I agree.


D.A.R.E. (Drug and Alchohal Resistance Education) doesn't work either and has actually led to an INCREASE in kids abusing substances.

it's a government sponsored band-aid applied to appease parents too lazy/scared/self-absorbed/embarrased to talk to and police their own kids.

I forbade my daughter to attend, and raised a HUGE stink over it when she was in Fifth Grade. Told the counselers WHY to, and backed it allup with data.


16 posted on 02/01/2005 11:53:27 AM PST by tiamat (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: nyg4168

"Teen sex increased after abstinence program Texas study finds no impact on sexual behavior"

By our no-fault divorce laws, primary custody of children is given to the most adulterous parents. Propaganda from public schools and other organizations for children make heroes (and heroines) of those who promoted adultery in many subtle ways. While they're relatively young and healthy, promiscuous people are the first to be hired and promoted.

150 years after romanticism was established in the USA, motivations for such behavior are many.


17 posted on 02/01/2005 11:54:20 AM PST by familyop ("Let us try" sounds better, don't you think? "Essayons" is so...Latin.)
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To: Zeroisanumber
Teach kids the birds and bees. Discourage them from having sex, but recognize that it happens. Encourage the use of condoms and birth control.

Yeah, sending kids mixed signals is a great way to educate them.

How about: teach them that sexual relations outside of the marriage bed are forbidden and carry penalties--in both this life and the next. Teach them to choose their spouses carefully and to avoid at all costs the ones that think it's ok to "put out" before marriage. Show them some photos of what STDs look like and read them what can happen to you when 50%+ of sexually active individuals are infected, condom or no.

*Poof.* Problem solved.
18 posted on 02/01/2005 11:54:51 AM PST by Antoninus (In hoc sign, vinces )
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To: Antoninus

> sending kids mixed signals is a great way to educate them

Sometimes. Consider the 2nd Amendment, and how to teach about it:

If you see a situation with the potential for criminal violence to be acted out upon you (such as a riot), avoid it. However, if you nevertheless find yourself in the midst of the situation with no way to extract yourself from it.... the safety is located *here* on the gun.


19 posted on 02/01/2005 11:58:24 AM PST by orionblamblam
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To: Antoninus
50%+ of sexually active individuals are infected, condom or no.

If that were true I would have picked up an STD in college. Never did.

Condoms work, and they work really well. They have a failure rate that teenagers should be made aware of, but they're a hell of a lot better than nothing. It would be irresponsible for us to teach them about sex and then not give them the tools that they need to have safe sex.

20 posted on 02/01/2005 12:02:05 PM PST by Zeroisanumber
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