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Sex-education reducing adolescent sex, says study

New Delhi, Tue, 25 Dec 2007 NI Wire

Sex-education reducing adolescent sex, says study

Dec 25:  In a recent study on the teen’s activities by the group of researchers on the working of imparting ‘sex education’ in schools in California said that sex education is effectively functioning.

Most of the youths said in firm words that they would delay their sex lives, a pioneering study revealed.

The study says that boys are more willing to have physical intercourse late than girls. Seventy one percent boys said they would delay (not before 15 years) in having sex in comparison to fifty nine percent girls.

Males were more cautious upon birth control the first time they had sex than females as they comparatively 2.77 times more voted for it, who had attended sex-education classes.

The recent study, published in the January issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health, was carried out by studying a sample of 2,019 teenagers’ ages 15 to 19 years; have proved the earlier study wrong that had suggested that sex education was not working.

Trisha Mueller, an epidemiologist with the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, opined that sex education seemed to be working.

It seems to be especially effective for populations that are usually at high risk,” added Mueller who also led the entire research team.

“Sex education remains important because kids still harbour ‘mythology’ about sex,” said Claire Brindis, interim director of the Philip R Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California at San Francisco.

How sex education has brought transformation in the thinking as well as their deeds appears from the data collected by the researchers that 91 percent sex before the age of 15 has been reduced by African-American females in school. However, it could not be find out that sex education has brought any effect on whether female teens used birth control.

The hottest debate in sex education, whether classes should teach about birth-control methods like using condoms or focus entirely on self-restraint, could not be explore by the researchers.


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