Abstinence-Only and Comprehensive Sex Education and the Initiation of Sexual Activity and Teen Pregnancy. Society for Adolescent Medicine.

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Since the 1940's sex education in school has remained a major subject that has brought a lot of controversy and attention. These days sex education is no longer an issue it is agreed among the masses that it should be taught but the difference comes in how it should be taught. Conservatives and Liberals both agree that sex education in public schools is important but they have very different ways and opinions on exactly what students have the right to know and what they feel is right. There are many ways to teach sex education the first being the Conservative’s way to teach it which is abstinence only until marriage. Then there is the Liberal’s way to teach it which is a comprehensive break down of everything a teen should know when engaging in something that can be life altering.

The main research asked in the article “Abstinence-Only and Comprehensive Sex Education and the Initiation of Sexual Activity and Teen Pregnancy” was whether teaching teens comprehensive sex education versus abstinence only until marriage had more of an affect on whether teens ended up having sexual intercourse, pregnant or with a sexually transmitted disease.

Researchers wanted to see how effected both were.

The researchers tested a population of 15–44 year olds, 12,571 males and females spanning over the entire United States. Out of all tested 2,271 were teenagers, ages 15-19 years of age of all different races and of both genders. They were asked additional questions that people over the age of 20 years old were not asked, these questions were about sex education, sexual behavior, pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. This study was probably as close as could be to the general population, statistically teenagers who are sexually active only take up 25% of people around the United States that...