Not Saussure

April 15, 2007

A surprising finding

Filed under: Education, usa — notsaussure @ 12:23 am

From the BBC:

US students attending sexual abstinence classes are no more likely to abstain from sex than those who do not, according to a new study.

Participants in special programmes were just as likely to have sex a few years later as those who did not attend.

In the past few years of Republican Party control of Congress, the spending on no-sex-before-marriage education has risen from $10m to $176m a year […]
The students in this study, which was ordered by Congress, came from a range of big cities across the United States, such as Milwaukee and Miami and from rural communities in Virginia and Mississippi.

They were 11 and 12 years old when they entered the abstinence programmes, which lasted one to two years.

The researchers also looked at the behaviour of their peers from the same communities who did not attend the classes.

The findings show that those who attended first had sex at about the same age as their peers – at 14 years and nine months.


The Bush administration has warned against drawing sweeping conclusions from the study.

Why?  What conclusions could anyone possibly draw from these results?  

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  1. […] notsaussure, […]

    Pingback by Longrider » Abstinence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder — April 15, 2007 @ 8:02 am

  2. It does rather remind me of that Woody Allen film, “Take the money and run”.

    His father says about him:
    “He was a no good kid. I tried to beat God into him, but he wouldn’t listen”

    Comment by alabastercodify — April 15, 2007 @ 11:16 am

  3. Being at a boy’s school and not wishing to indulge in the popular pasttime, I mised out on all this fun. Abstention? Getting some was the issue.

    Comment by jameshigham — April 15, 2007 @ 11:40 am

  4. … that politicians are blind to evidence?

    Comment by D-Notice — April 16, 2007 @ 6:56 pm

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