This video is about a recent study that has been described as “abstinence only” and some are claiming it proves “abstinence only” is effective.
There are two problems:
- It actually only promotes abstinence, but as far as I know all sex education promotes abstinence. Most people (whether liberal or conservative) don’t want young kids to have sex. This supposedly “abstinence only” program didn’t teach kids to wait until marriage but merely told kids to wait until they were ready. Also, this program taught the use of condoms. So, this study in no way disproves all the studies that came before it, and tall the studies that came before it conclude that “abstinence only” doesn’t work.
- This study can’t tell us about “abstinence only” or much of anything at all. Even if this had actually been a study about “abstinence only”, one study doesn’t prove anything. You can find a single study with almost any conclusion. The scientific method, however, operates by way of replication. Anyways, this study was way too limited. The study was done with 6th and 7th graders and only followed them two years, but most kids don’t lose their virginity until their mid to late teens. Even within these limitations, this program only discouraged a fairly small percentage of kids not to have sex for two years. That is a rather minor success.