Effects of abstinence-only education on adolescent attitudes and values concerning premarital sexual intercourse

Linda Sather, Kelly Zinn

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Abstract

This article compares the values and attitudes of two groups of 7th and 8th grade adolescents toward premarital sexual activity. One group received state-funded, abstinence-only education; the other group did not receive that education. Abstinence-only education did not significantly change adolescents' values and attitudes about premarital sexual activity, nor their intentions to engage in premarital sexual activity. The majority of both the treatment and control group subjects expressed disagreement with the statement: "It is okay for people my age to have sexual intercourse," and they did not intend to have sexual intercourse while an unmarried teenager.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalFamily and Community Health
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2002

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Keywords

  • Abstinence
  • Adolescent
  • Values and attitudes

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Effects of abstinence-only education on adolescent attitudes and values concerning premarital sexual intercourse. / Sather, Linda; Zinn, Kelly.

In: Family and Community Health, Vol. 25, No. 2, 07.2002, p. 1-15.

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