Abstinence Only And Comprehensive Sex Education And The Initiation Of Sexual Activity And Teen Pregnancy. Society For Adolescent Medicine

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Since the 1940's sex education in school has remained a major subject that has brought a lot of controversy and attention. These days sex education is no longer an issue it is agreed among the masses that it should be taught but the difference comes in how it should be taught. Conservatives and Liberals both agree that sex education in public schools is important but they have very different ways and opinions on exactly what students have the right to know and what they feel is right. There are many ways to teach sex education the first being the Conservative’s way to teach it which is abstinence only until marriage. Then there is the Liberal’s way to teach it which is a ...view middle of the document...

The variables in the study were based on past experience be it either at home, school, church, peers, centers or where ever else they could have possibly learned about sex or abstinence only. The information collected by researchers included “basic demographics; knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs regarding family planning issues; and self-reported sexual behavior and previous diagnoses of STDs” (Kohler, Lafferty, Manhart, 2007).The research found that in teaching a comprehensive sex education class it was not related to increased risk of adolescent sexual activity or sexually transmitted diseases. In fact researchers found that the teens had a lower risk of pregnancy then teens that were taught abstinence only or had no sex education at all.I believe that the findings do justify the author’s conclusion, I do believe that when a teenager is properly educated with the risk and consequences of what could happen they think more about their actions and can make a better, more educated decision about having sex as opposed to just doing it to see how much fun it is and then finding out they have an incurable disease or they are pregnant both are life altering. Yes, it may be something that many religions might not agree with but studies do not lie. It gives teenagers a better chance at making an informed decision, if they do have issues with it they could always add in the “wait until you are married” bit but give the teens all the information they would need just incase. As an aspiring social worker I feel that is imperative to teach future generations that yes sex is fun and can do amazing things for a person’s health and well being but...

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