How Effective is Abstinence Education?

by NeW Staff on September 24, 2008 · 0 comments

The sexual liberation movement has had a definite impact on the youth culture. Many women in the 1960s and 1970s advocated the pursuit of sexual desires just like men. The result: many young women left hurt by the deception that sex won’t affect them emotionally. Another byproduct of the sexual revolution has been earlier and earlier sex education for young students. The recent debate has centered on abstinence education and its effectiveness. Will young people be deterred to engage in sexual relationships when presented with a strong case for purity before marriage? Or, as critics argue, should we assume all teenagers will have sex, so we should encourage them to be the most prepared and safe? Julie Baumgardner, the Director of First Things First, explains her reasons for why she believes abstinence education is valuable and beneficial to the youth culture. Her words addressed to parents seem to indicate her view that the problem of sexual promiscuity is deeply embedded in a culture of parenting that refuses to deal with important issues:

“Quite frankly, I would like to see more parents become bold enough to hold their teens to the highest standard while loving them unconditionally, no matter what the outcome. From what young people tell me, they crave having adults in their lives who will shoot straight about the issues.”

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