Abstinence-Only vs. Comprehensive-Based Sex Education

1301 Words Feb 4th, 2018 5 Pages
Comprehensive-Based Sex Education
Sexual Education is a controversial topic and many people have pushed for abstinence-only programs. The United States has alarmingly high rates of teen pregnancies and sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevalence when compared to other advanced countries. Even though there may be minimal differences in the amount of sexual activity in other countries, the U.S. still prevails in high rates of teenage pregnancy, births and abortions (Kohler, Manhart & Lafferty, 2008). Providing education about both abstinence and birth control can improve the health and well-being of adolescents and young adults and also positively influences partner selection and the use of contraceptives (Lindberg and Maddow-Zimet, 2012). Contrary to the belief that educating about birth control will promote sex, there is evidence that supports the theory that comprehensive-based sex education is more effective than abstinence-only sex education (Kohler, Manhart & Lafferty, 2008).
When parents were asked what teenagers should be taught in school, comprehensive-based sex education and abstinence-only sex education had mixed reactions (though slightly more supportive of the comprehensive method) and some parents even said that sex education should not be taught in school (Eisenberg et al., 2008). Sex education should definitely be taught in school because according to Lindberg and Maddow-Zimet (2012), people who were given no sex education at all were…
Open Document