"Abstinence-Only" and Hooking Up: Two Risky Choices

Barlow, Dudley
September 2005
Education Digest;Sep2005, Vol. 71 Issue 1, p63
This article discusses the risks posed by the abstinence-only approach to sex education and hooking up to U.S. teenagers. Of course, parents have always been concerned about teenagers and sex. While those fears have seemed to remain constant, teenage sexual mores have shifted. These students had been hooking up. Abstinence-only sex education classes seem to focus on and amplify the very dangers that informed students know they can minimize--unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. And for that reason, students dismiss the message. If we really want to protect students, we need to give them the information they need to protect themselves both physically and emotionally.


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