Graph for the Day for November 10, 2010

Abstinence programs have no effect ... really?

"In 1996, Congress authorized $50 million annually for five years to states for abstinence education programs ... authorized under the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996. ... [Two key findings of the mandated evaluation were]:

  • Youth in the program group [which was offered abstinence-only education] were no more likely than those in the control group to have abstained from sex, and, among those who reported having had sex, they had similar numbers of sexual partners.
  • Contrary to concerns raised by critics of abstinence education, youth in the program group were no more likely to have unprotected sex than youth in the control group."[1]
- Mathematica Policy Research



Index of Change in Adolescent Births - 1994 to 2003 :

Childbearing of all adolescent females under 15 years of age

Decrease in the birthrate of adolescents: 53%

Decrease in the abortion rate of adolescents: 44%

Childbearing of white adolescent females under 15 years of age

Decrease in number of births: 38%

Increase in the population of white females 10 to 14: 10%

Childbearing of black adolescent females under 15 years of age

Decrease in number of births: 58%

Increase in the population of black females 10 to 14: 24%


Janice Shaw Crouse, Ph.D., author of Children at Risk (Transaction, 2010), is Senior Fellow at the Beverly LaHaye Institute, Concerned Women for America's think-tank.


[1] Mathematica Policy Research, Evaluation of Abstinence Education Programs Funded Under Title V, Section 510, www.mathematica-mpr.com/family_support/abstinence.asp .

Abstinence programs have no effect ... really?

"In 1996, Congress authorized $50 million annually for five years to states for abstinence education programs ... authorized under the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996. ... [Two key findings of the mandated evaluation were]:

  • Youth in the program group [which was offered abstinence-only education] were no more likely than those in the control group to have abstained from sex, and, among those who reported having had sex, they had similar numbers of sexual partners.
  • Contrary to concerns raised by critics of abstinence education, youth in the program group were no more likely to have unprotected sex than youth in the control group."[1]
- Mathematica Policy Research



Index of Change in Adolescent Births - 1994 to 2003 :

Childbearing of all adolescent females under 15 years of age

Decrease in the birthrate of adolescents: 53%

Decrease in the abortion rate of adolescents: 44%

Childbearing of white adolescent females under 15 years of age

Decrease in number of births: 38%

Increase in the population of white females 10 to 14: 10%

Childbearing of black adolescent females under 15 years of age

Decrease in number of births: 58%

Increase in the population of black females 10 to 14: 24%


Janice Shaw Crouse, Ph.D., author of Children at Risk (Transaction, 2010), is Senior Fellow at the Beverly LaHaye Institute, Concerned Women for America's think-tank.


[1] Mathematica Policy Research, Evaluation of Abstinence Education Programs Funded Under Title V, Section 510, www.mathematica-mpr.com/family_support/abstinence.asp .

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