New research findings suggest that sex education programs in schools are actually encouraging teens to have more sex!
According to the Daily Caller, a global research review of school based comprehensive sex education programs found “very little effectiveness from these programs and instead found increased sexual activity.”
The review, conducted by the Institute for Research & Evaluation and published in the Institute of Law and Medicine in January, examined 60 studies of 40 school based comprehensive sex education programs in the U.S., as well as 43 studies of 39 programs in other countries.
The review found “little evidence that [comprehensive sex education] programs are effective at producing positive impact on their participants” and questioned the efficacy of school based comprehensive sex education, according to a press release from the Institute for Research and Evaluation.
“Perhaps of greatest concern, this new analysis found harmful effects on children and youth for roughly one in six school-based comprehensive sex education programs worldwide,” lead author Irene Erickson told the Daily Caller News Foundation.
Shockingly, the review found that 16 of the studies showed negative effects on teen sexual behavior and sexual health. This includes 18 increases in teen sexual activity and other risky behaviors.
Negative effects listed in the review include increased pregnancy, increased STDs, increased sexual activity (initiation, frequent or recent sex), decreased condom use, increased oral sex, increased sex partners, an increase in forced or coerced sex, or an increase in paid sex.
“It should also be noted that many factors outside the classroom influence adolescent sexual behavior — factors related to the home, peer, social media, and cultural environments,” the review adds. “Significant and lasting increases in sexual risk avoidance may be amplified by a multi-pronged prevention strategy that addresses these various factors directly.”
Comprehensive sex education, according to Planned Parenthood, is a term that refers to K-12 programs covering human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, and society and culture — as opposed to sex education that only focuses on abstinence.
As the review points out, a wide variety of American medical organizations support comprehensive sex education. These organizations include the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and of course, organizations such as Planned Parenthood.
However, the review emphasizes the need for more evidence of effectiveness of these school based comprehensive sex education programs, as well as the need for more studies on abstinence only sex education programs.