Sex Education Programs

1177 Words Feb 19th, 2018 5 Pages
For a long time there has been a debate over which sex education method, comprehensive or abstinence only, should be taught to adolescents. Comprehensive sex education is an approach that “advocates giving teens age-appropriate instruction concerning birth control methods, safe sex, and differing sexual orientations” (Kelly, 2011, p. 153). This method may encourage abstinence or waiting until marriage, but they also want to inform adolescents about the potential risks and how to protect themselves from pregnancy or disease. Abstinence only education is “an approach to educating young people that emphasizes the need to abstain from sexual relations until marriage” (Kelly, 2011, p. 154). People who strongly believe in this method may think that informing young people about contraception and sexual behaviors will encourage the behavior rather than deter it.
The effectiveness of a program is dependant on the training provided to the educators and how well young people are interpreting and applying the information. According to the textbook, “one study found that adolescents who received comprehensive sexuality education had a slightly lower rate of intercourse and were less likely to report pregnancy, but this was not the case with abstinence-only education” (Kelly, 2011, p. 155). This same study saw no reduction in the STD rates from either form of…

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