Argument: Peer support of abstinence erodes as teens move through adolescence

Issue Report: Abstinence-only vs. comprehensive sex education


“Impacts of Four Title V, Section 510 Abstinence Education Programs”. Mathematica. April 2007: “Peer Support for Abstinence Erodes as Youth Move Through Adolescence. At the time when most Title V, Section 510 abstinence education programs are completed and youth enter their adolescent years, support for abstinence among their friends falls dramatically. For example, survey data from the start of the impact study show that nearly all youth had friends who exhibited attitudes and behaviors supportive of abstinence. Four years later, however, the typical youth in the study reported that only two of his or her five closest friends remained supportive of abstinence.”