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Abstinence is not the answer

Newsday article regarding the abstinence initiative in the US.

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I found this article about how abstinence only education is a failed model. It offers some good data about funding that the US has put into it as well as statistics to the numbers. I would assume most would know that it doesn't work but I think reading through this and many others can help spark ideas for a end goal.


http://www.newsday.com/opinion/commentary/abstinence-only-education-doesn-t-work-1.14176043

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Photo of Anne-Laure Fayard

Thanks Kevin. This reminds me of one post:
https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/youth-srh/research/sexual-education-has-been-focused-more-on-fear-than-realism
I think keeping in mind that some "educational" strategies do not lead to positive outcomes is important. It is important to think about the content and the "how". Several community members highlighted the importance to come up with strategy that seem "relevant" and interesting.
https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/youth-srh/research/transforming-sex-education-through-animated-videos
https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/youth-srh/research/sex-education-on-porn-website-is-probably-better-than-your-sex-ed-classes
https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/youth-srh/research/finding-teens-where-they-are
https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/youth-srh/research/dr-sommer-a-role-model-of-german-sex-education

Photo of Ashley Tillman

Thanks Kevin and Anne-Laure for sharing.

Kevin I'd be curious some of your thoughts around what might make content more relevant and interesting given some of the reasons addressed in your article and the personal experience shared in the post Anne-Laure references.