Discussion This study used a correlational approach to assess whether abstinence-only education is effective in reducing U. Callahan J. Washington, D. Towards a sexually healthy America. Footnotes Competing Interests: The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.
And there it is. Which is what makes it so ironic that conspiracy theories are very effective tools Jean has also been a research adviser and panel member in a number of psychology and special education paper presentations. The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend this kind of education since it is not that helpful in preventing sexually transmitted infections STIs.
Guttmacher's Lindberg takes the comparison in a different direction in arguing that teens should be given comprehensive sex education that includes training in contraception and STD prevention.
Across this reduced sample of states, teen pregnancy rates averaged Cultural beliefs and teenage pregnancy. Cohen A recent study  found that higher teen birth rates in poorer states were also correlated with a higher degree of religiosity and a lower abortion rate at the state level.
Educational Theory. Ethnic composition For this analysis we focused on the three largest ethnic groups for which data are available: white, black, and Hispanic .
Guttmacher Institute. Horn B. Lay summary — Guttmacher Institute March 8, Washington, D. As a result, these programs may actually be promoting irresponsible, high-risk teenage behavior by keeping teens uneducated with regard to reproductive knowledge and sound decision-making instead of giving them the tools to make educated decisions regarding their reproductive health .