Coles, Adrienne D. “Abstinence Education Growing in Popularity.” Education Week, vol. 20, no. 5, Oct. 2000, p. 5. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=3654656&site=ehost-live.

This source comments on the popularity of abstience-based sex education in the United States, but it is evident that the author is writing with a pro-comprehensive sex education approach. Ultimately, this source argues that teaching in itself abstinence is a good thing, however, abstinence-based programs are unrealistic in regard to expecting kids to wait until marriage to engage in sexual activity. This was a new perspective that I had not previously considered. The abstinence is not the problem, the problem is the way it is taught. Abstinence is a limited, but effective strategy until young adults start engaging in sexual activity with little knowledge of safe sex practices and contraceptive methods.

This source has definitely changed my perspective on abstinence, but it reaffirmed that abstinence-based sex education programs are not beneficial. Through my research, I have narrowed the problem in Utah to our abstinence-based sex education programs combined with our opt-in method of parental consent.

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  1. Cassie 7 months ago

    Amaia,
    Your post was very interesting to read and I agree with you that the “abstinence-based programs are unrealistic in regard to expecting kids to wait until marriage to engage in sexual activity.” We are so caught up on the idea of abstinence that we are never really taught the proper sex education needed. Heres an article you might like: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3194801/

  2. Yanna 7 months ago

    Hey Amaia,
    This is a very important topic for teenagers. I agree with “abstinence is not the problem, the problem is the way it is taught.” We teach young people to treat them properly, how to protect themselves, and to respect the religious beliefs and ideas of others.
    This article might interest you https://health.tki.org.nz/Teaching-in-HPE/Policy-guidelines/Sexuality-education-a-guide-for-principals-boards-of-trustees-and- teachers / Why-sexuality-education-is-important

  3. Kaitlyn 8 months ago

    Amaia,

    I am very interested to see where the rest of your research takes you because this is intriguing. I think this is such an important topic that should be discussed more openly in schools, especially high school. I feel like sex education is not talked about nearly enough in order to make a difference. I agree with you when you say that “abstinence is not the problem, the problem is the way it is taught.” Schools should prioritized sex education a lot more in health classes in order for kids and teenagers to know how to be safe.

    Thanks for speaking about this!
    Kaitlyn

  4. Erica 8 months ago

    Hey Amaia,
    I think this is super interesting because you and your new source are both 100% correct, abstinence teachings or beliefs are not an issue in a society where all are entitled to their own beliefs, the issue come from forcing beliefs on others and not providing options. I think this a prevalent misconception about issues in a society where when only one option is presented, people respond by wanting more than one to choose from, even if they end up choosing the original option. This is a common argument used on the Pro-Life, Pro-Choice debates, as the Pro-Choice side just wishes for more options even if they end up choosing life. Great source! I can’t wait to see where this research takes you, especially in Utah!
    -erica s.

  5. Ellie 8 months ago

    Amaia,

    Your post was very interesting to me as it is an issue that directly affects the youths in our community. This is a perspective that has been brought up at Judge Memorial before with the Chasity guess speaker. However, I agree with your viewpoint that is is unrealistic. I especially agree with the part where you say ” The abstinence is not the problem, the problem is the way it is taught. Abstinence is a limited, but effective strategy until young adults start engaging in sexual activity with little knowledge of safe sex practices and contraceptive methods.” Here is an article that you might enjoy: https://bmcpregnancychildbirth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12884-016-0911-2. I hope to read more from you soon.

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