Impacts of Four Title V, Section 510 Abstinence Education Programs. Targeting Youth at Young Ages May Not Be Sufficient


As with the four programs in this study, most Title V, Section 510 abstinence education programs have been implemented in upper elementary and middle schools. In addition, most Title V, Section 510 programs are completed before youth enter high school, when rates of sexual activity increase and many teens are either contemplating or having sex. Findings from this study provide no evidence that abstinence programs implemented in upper elementary and middle schools are effective at reducing the rate of teen sexual activity several years later. However, the findings provide no information on the effects programs might have if they were implemented for high school youth or began at earlier ages but served youth through high school.

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