This paper discusses abstinence as the only reliable method of avoiding unwanted pregnancies among teenagers.
# 95898 | 1,271 words | 14 sources | MLA | 2007 |
Published on Jun 04, 2007 in Hot Topics (Birth Control) , Child, Youth Issues (Teen, Adult Issues) , Gender and Sexuality (Sexual Politics) , Education (Social Issues) , English (Argument)
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This paper explains that sex education became a popular mode of addressing the problem of teenage pregnancy when the issue turned into a pressing and alarming concern. The writer argues that abstinence is found to be the only real and substantial approach to handling the problem, as it is clear that other approaches have failed to produce the desired result. The writer maintains that that abstinence-based programs have been far more effective and successful in bringing down the rate of teenage pregnancies than sex education programs. The writer concludes that abstinence is rightly considered the more effective approach and is thus being implemented in a large number of schools across the country.
From the Paper:"The reason traditional sex education is criticized is because teaching students about safe sex makes them believe that as long as they are using contraceptive, engaging in sexual activity is acceptable and safe. But that sadly is not the truth. There is medical evidence indicating that abstinence and not safe sex is the only reliable method of avoiding pregnancies. One article compared the effectiveness of sex-education programs in schools and found that schools with abstinence-based program had better results. These programs were more effective in preventing teenage sexual activity and pregnancies. Khouzem The Teen-Aid abstinence education curriculum has been widely used in Washington's city of Edinburgh for 5 years."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Centers for Disease Control. (1998). Youth risk behavior surveillance, 47, SS3.
- Howard, M., & McCabe, J. B.(1990). Helping teenagers postpone sexual involvement. Family Planning Perspectives, 22, 21-26.
- Khouzem, H. R. (1995). Promotion of sexual abstinence: Reducing adolescent sexual activity and pregnancies. Southern Medical Journal, 88, 709-711.
- Kirby, D. (2002). Effective approaches to reducing adolescent unprotected sex, pregnancy and childbearing. Journal of Sex Research, 39, 51-57.
- Kirby, D. (1989). Sex education programs and their effects. World & I, 591-603.
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