Reuters Health - U. Across the country, government-funded abstinence-until-marriage education did not predict a reduction in teen births - and in conservative states, it was associated with higher adolescent birth rates, the study found. For the country as a whole, money spent on abstinence-only programs had no effect on adolescent birth rates, the researchers found. Similarly, there was no overall effect of sexuality education on adolescent births. But when researchers looked at individual states, they found the effects varied by state ideology, with both kinds of programs having significant impacts in conservative states. In the same conservative states, however, funding of pregnancy-prevention education was linked with decreases in adolescent births.
Skip to search form Skip to main content. In an effort to reduce these rates, the U. However, a public controversy remains over whether this investment has been successful and whether these programs should be continued. Using the most recent national data from all U.
The rates of teen pregnancy in the United States are in decline; but even so, 2 out of every teenagers in the U. Teen pregnancy, childbirth, and childrearing present major social and economic challenges for teenage parents, their children, and society as a whole. Teen mothers are more likely to have lower educational attainment, a lower income, and a greater dependency on social services. Children of teen parents are more likely to be born prematurely, have more health problems, have a lower educational advancement, to be incarcerated, and to also become teenage parents themselves.
There is little doubt that the present level of interest in initiating sex education programs in the schools stems from the effort to reduce the teenage pregnancy rate. While one can hardly challenge the respectability of the goal to reduce teenage pregnancy, the writers take the view that the focus on reducing teenage pregnancy may be counter-productive to the establishment of effective sex education programs in school for the following reasons. It promotes a narrow and incorrect understanding of human sexuality and sex education.