I’ve had so many requests for comments about a new study: “Efficacy of a Theory-Based Abstinence-Only Intervention Over 24 Months published in the ARch Pediatri Adolesc Med. 2010;164 (2) : 152-159.–I have to add my 2 cents.  The controversy is raging over the claims that “Abstinence-Only ” interventions work!  Many sexuality educators are critical about the methods and the conclusions of the study.  At the core, the problem is that the participants are all African-Americans with a mean age of 12.2. I can agree: the title seems “off” and the researchers could have chosen their words more carefully.  But my outrage is focused elsewhere. The parts of the study’s report, I found the most troubling is that 20.6% of the participants reported having sex in the 3 months before the study!  So most were 11 years old?  That’s really horrible. And that is the issue which  best merits our outrage and a lot more information from the authors’ of the study!


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