Sunday, February 7, 2010

Children Listen And Learn

Researchers have found that strategies known to help adolescents avoid risky behaviours like smoking, drinking, and drug use can also be effectively used in abstinence-based education programs.

Just one-third of the preteens who participated in an abstinence-only program had sexual intercourse within the next two years. Of those who only learned about out safe sex and contraceptives, 50% had intercourse in the same time period.

The US federal government has invested heavily in abstinence-only education in recent years.

President Obama has cut funding for abstinence-only programs in his 2010 budget.

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