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The Role of Policy on Sexual Health Education in Schools: Review

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The Role of Policy on Sexual Health Education in Schools: Review

Abstinence only education doesn't really work

In this Sage Journals article you'll learn about:
  • Teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections are leading public health problems in the United States.

  • Studies show that abstinence only education (AOE) programs are ineffective in reducing sexual risk-taking behaviors. In 1966, the U.S. Department of Education funded 645 agencies throughout the United States to develop sexual health education programs.

  • In 1971, President Nixon supported the implementation of CSE (comprehensive sex education) in all public schools. Title V of the Social Security Act provided grants to states that adopted AOE (abstinence only education) and its tenets.

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