Analyzing the Failure of Abstinence-only Sexual Education Argumentative Essay by Write Fine

Analyzing the Failure of Abstinence-only Sexual Education
A look at the failure of abstinence-only sexual education among teenagers.
# 112222 | 1,445 words | 8 sources | APA | 2009 | US

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This paper discusses the topic of abstinence-only sex education and presents arguments against this approach to sex education. The paper points out that one argument in favor of abstinence-only sex education is that the most reliable and effective means of preventing teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease is by postponing sexual activity until marriage. The paper then discusses the underlying premise of this approach and points out its fundamental problems and flaws. The paper concludes that, in comparison to traditional sexual education programs, abstinence-only sex education provides absolutely no benefit, and conceivably causes additional harm attributable to the deliberate withholding of invaluable information about STD transmission and unwanted pregnancy.

Evaluating the Comparative Effectiveness of Abstinence-Only Sexual Education
Analysis of a Flawed Concept
Comprehensive Sexual Education - A Preferable Approach

Sample of Sources Used:

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