The impact of abstinence and comprehensive sex and STD/HIV education programs on adolescent sexual behavior

  title={The impact of abstinence and comprehensive sex and STD/HIV education programs on adolescent sexual behavior},
  author={Douglas B Kirby},
  journal={Sexuality Research \& Social Policy},
  • D. Kirby
  • Published 1 September 2008
  • Psychology
  • Sexuality Research & Social Policy
In an effort to reduce unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease (STD) in adolescents, both abstinence and comprehensive sex and STD/HIV education programs have been proffered. Based on specified criteria, the author searched for and reviewed 56 studies that assessed the impact of such curricula (8 that evaluated 9 abstinence programs and 48 that evaluated comprehensive programs) on adolescents’ sexual behavior. Study results indicated that most abstinence programs did not delay… 

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