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  1. Stricter Parental Involvement Laws Equal Fewer Abortions in Minors                                                                                                                                                                                             Parental involvement laws that require parental consent rather than parental notification have a 5% greater decrease on minor abortion rates. (2008)

  2. Parental Involvement With Teens Leads to Positive Relationships in Adulthood             
    Study shows that closeness to fathers and mothers in adolescence is linked with good relationships with partners later on in adult life.


  3. Nonresident Fathers’ Involvement  Decreases Adolescent Delinquency  (2007) Study shows that nonresident fathers who had more regular contact and conversations with their children and who took greater responsibility for their children’s care and behaviors had adolescents who showed relative decreases over a 16-month period in their levels of delinquency and problem behavior.

  4. More Teens Are Abstaining From Sex Than in the 90s(2008)
    High school students are having less sex and fewer sexual partners today than in the early 90s.
  5. Abstinence Education Programs Reduce Teen Sexual Activity
    Abstinence vs. Comprehensive Sex Education: A Response to the Mathematica Study (2007)
  6. Multiple Flaws Noted in Abstinence Education Evaluation
    Despite results found in study, abstinence education does work in helping teenagers to delay sex until marriage. (2007)

  7. Abstinence-Only Programs Effective in Protecting Teens from Consequences of Unwed Sex
    While under-funded in comparison to comprehensive sex education programs, abstinence-only programs are changing teens’ attitudes about sex before marriage and helping protect them from the negative consequences of premarital sex, including unwed childbearing and sexually-transmitted diseases. (2007)
  8. Number of Students Having Sex Dropping & Adolescent Birth Rate at Record Low
    There has been a reported decrease in the proportion of students having sexual intercourse. (2007)
  9. Stepfathers Influence Their Stepson’s Likelihood of Engaging in Sexual Activity
    About one-third of all children in the United States will have lived with a remarried or cohabiting parent before they reach adulthood. When the relationship between a stepfather and stepchild is close, the stepfather may actually influence his stepchild’s attitudes towards sex. (2007)
  10. Good Father-Daughter Relationships Delays Daughters Sexual Debut
    Study found that better relationships with their fathers significantly curbed the likelihood of experiencing first sex for adolescent girls, regardless of age, between two waves of the study. (2006)
  11. Friends' Religiosity Associated with Delayed First Sex (2006)
    Study found that friends' religiosity is associated with delayed first sex of religious and secular youth. Additionally, the strength of the relationship between friends' religiosity and first sex depends on the extent to which an adolescent's friends are friends with each other.
  12. The Importance of Involving Boys and Young Men in Teen Pregnancy Prevention Efforts
    In order to sustain the momentum in lowering teen pregnancy and birth rates, there must be an increase in efforts to try to understand what drives boys to change their sexual behavior and then put into place responsive and effective programs and other initiatives (May 2006)
  13. Importance of Parental Involvement Laws
    A few studies and backers of parental involvement laws have suggested it is possible that a teen may be more reluctant to have sex if she knows she would be forced to tell a parent if she became pregnant and wanted an abortion. (October 10, 2006)
  14. Review Article Attacking Abstinence Education is Misleading, Lacks Scientific Rigor
    In many instances, the original articles' authors relied on secondary and tertiary sources, opinion pieces, editorials, and online magazines. When logic was applied at all, it was faulty. It resulted in an unsubstantiated smear of what they called "abstinence-only" education programs. (June 2006)
  15. Teens Embrace Abstinence Message After Program
    Abstinence-only education program resulted in teens placing a greater value on abstinence and a commitment to practice abstinence until marriage. (June 2006)

  16. Girls in Abstinence Program 6.5 Times Less Likely to Have Sex before Marriage
    Research has shown that junior high and middle school-aged girls in the Best Friends program compared with their peers in DC public schools are six and a half times less likely to have sex before marriage. (2005)
  17. Friendship Before Romantic Relationships Protects Against Teen Sex
    For male and female adolescents, knowing one’s partner as a friend (versus being merely acquaintances) before a romantic relationship has shown to be protective against engaging in sexual intercourse. (2005)
  18. Virginity During Teen Years Associated with Decreases Likelihood of Divorce Later in Life
    Study shows that those who remain virgins until age 18 are significantly less likely to experience divorce if/when they marry. (2005)
  19. "Best Friends" Reduce Girls' Chances of Engaging in Risky Behaviors
    The "Best Friends" program was shown to have reduced the likelihood of girls engaging in risky behaviors, such as using illegal drugs, having sex, smoking, and drinking. The relative odds of a Best Friends girl abstaining from sex compared to other girls (as measured by the Youth Risk Behavior Surveys of the District of Columbia) are 120 to 1. (2005)
  20. Abstinent Teens Enjoy Greater Academic Success
    Teens who abstain from sex until at least age 18 are less likely to be expelled or drop out of high school and are more than twice as likely to complete college when compared to teens who do not abstain from sexual activity. (2005)
  21. Neighborhood Influences Age of Sexual Debut When Parental Control is Lacking
    A study of Chicago youth found that in cases where parents exert little control, age of sexual debut is influenced by the neighborhood community, particularly in poor neighborhoods. (October 2005)

  22. Strong Parental Disapproval of Teen Sex Equals Less STD’s
    Adolescents who perceive that their parents more strongly disapprove of their having sex during adolescence are less likely to have sexually transmitted infections 6 years later. (2005)
  23. Having Married Parents Essential to Children
    Study shows that growing up with two continuously married parents are less likely to experience a wide range of cognitive, emotional, and social problems, not only during childhood but also in adulthood. (Fall 2005)

  24. Recent Decline in Single Parenting
    Study shows that a continuation of recent declines in single parenthood, linked most recently to declines in teen and out-of-wedlock births, offers great promise for improving the economic welfare of U.S. children. (Fall 2005)

  25. Middle Schools vs. K-8 Schools
    A recent survey found that U.S. middle schoolers have the most negative views of the climate of their schools and peer culture. While not many studies directly compare K-8 schools with middle schools, those that do suggest that young teens do better both academically and socially in K-8 schools. (August 1, 2005)

  26. Parent Education Effective in Reducing Child Abuse
    Parent education programs have shown to be very effective in helping to reduce the amount of incidences with abusive head injuries among infants and young children (36 months of age and younger). (April 2005)

  27. Teens and Risky Sexual Behavior
    While going through a process of emotional growth in adolescence, teens frequently get involved in risky sexual behaviors that expose them to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. Researchers have found that abstinence-only sex education intervention programs are effective in the prevention of unintended adolescent pregnancies. (2005)
  28. Father Involvement is Important Factor in Child’s Educational Outcomes Closeness to fathers during childhood has been found to be positively related to adult daughters’ and sons’ educational and occupational ability. (2004)

  29. Numerous Inaccuracies Found in Report on Abstinence
    Report from Congressman Henry Waxman has many inaccuracies on the effectiveness of abstinence education and the risks connected to early sexual activity. (2004)
  30. Abstinence Responsible for 53% of Decrease in Teen Pregnancy Rates During the 1990's
    Study observes that the decrease in teen pregnancies and birthrates in the 1990's can be attributed to both a decrease in sexual experience (abstinence) and an increase in the use of contraception. (2004)
  31. Religious Views and Parental Attitudes Reduce Adolescent Sex
    Religion reduces the likelihood of adolescents engaging in early sex by shaping their attitudes and beliefs about sexual activity. Parents’ attitudes toward sex also influence their teens’ own attitudes toward sex, and indirectly, their teens’ behavior. (April 2, 2003)
  32. Abstinence Accounts for 67% Decrease in Teen Pregnancies During the 1990's
    Various studies over the years have used different research methods to identify the cause of the decline in teen pregnancy rates. When properly implemented, abstinence education is the best method for reducing teen pregnancy. (2003)

  33. Parents Generally Approve of Abstinence Sex Education in Schools, Reject 'Comprehensive' Sex Education
    According to a recent survey, parents generally approve of abstinence sex education, disapprove of comprehensive sex education curricula that have been promoted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, disapprove of teaching young people that homosexual love relationships can be as satisfying as are heterosexual relationships, and disapprove of their child being able to obtain contraception without their knowledge or approval. (February 13, 2003)
  34. Abstinence Viewed as Healthy Personal Choice by Teens When Given Facts
    Abstinence education program, Game Plan, successful in teaching teens about the benefits of abstinence. (August 2002)

  35. Drug Prevention Ads Work at Preventing Use
    Kids who see or hear anti-drug ads at least once a day are less likely to do drugs than youngsters who don’t see or hear ads frequently. Teenagers who saw anti-drug messages daily were nearly 40 percent less likely to try methamphetamine and about 30 percent less likely to use Ecstasy. (August 2002)

  36. Preventing Teenage Pregnancy
    Promising programs to improve reproductive health outcomes include those that focus on early childhood investments, that involve teens in school and in outside activities (including youth development in combination with sexuality education and community volunteer learning), and those that send nurses to visit teenage mothers, which reduce their chances of becoming pregnant again. (May 2002)

  37. Abstinence Education Programs Effective in Reducing Sexual Activity
    True abstinence education programs help young people to develop an understanding of commitment, fidelity, and intimacy that will serve them well as the foundations of healthy marital life in the future. Abstinence education programs have repeatedly been shown to be effective in reducing sexual activity among their participants. (April 8, 2002)

  38. Mother's Relationship With Daughter Important
    Teenage girls who have close relationships with their mothers wait longer to have sex for the first time. These girls are also less likely to have sex when their moms strongly disapprove, which suggests that mothers matter more then they might sometimes believe. (2002)
  39. Virginity Pledges Delay First Intercourse in Adolescents
    Adolescents who make a virginity pledge are 34% less likely to become sexually active than peers who do not pledge. (2001)

  40. Religion Plays a Role With Teen Sex Choices
    Morals, values, and religious beliefs plan an important role in teens’ decisions about sex. A majority of adults and teens believe that churches, synagogues, and other houses of worship should be doing more to help prevent teen pregnancy. (September 2001)
  41. Mothers’ Strong Disapproval of Adolescent Sex Helps Delay First Sexual Intercourse
    Perceived maternal disapproval of sexual intercourse, along with mother-child relationships characterized by high levels of warmth and closeness, are important protective factors related to delaying adolescents’ first sexual intercourse. (2000)

  42. Mothers: Silence is Acceptance?
    Adolescent females whose mothers do not vocalize disapproval of them having sex face a  higher odd of being diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection or disease. (2000)
  43. Mothers' Disapproval of Sex Reduces Teen Sexual Behavior
    Teens' perceptions of their mother's disapproval of adolescent sexual behavior lessens the odds of adolescent sexual activity and unintended pregnancy. A positive relationship between mother and teen reduces risks as well. (2000)
  44. Paternal Closeness Protects Against Negative Behaviors and Emotional Distress for Teens
    Greater involvement of fathers in their families contributes positively to the emotional and intellectual well-being of their children. A child’s self-esteem, life satisfaction, and social competence are enhanced when their father exhibits supportive parenting behaviors and provides expressive affection, nurturance, interest, and companionship towards them. (1998)
  45. Fewer Teens Sexually Active One Year After Abstinence Education
    In a one-year follow-up of the "Choosing the Best" Abstinence-Centered Curriculum, 2.3% fewer students were having sexual intercourse than predicted. Additionally, 54% of the teens that had been recently sexually active before the program were no longer recently sexually active one year later. (1996)

  46. Adolescent Childbearing Rates In U.S. 
    Rates of adolescent childbearing in the United States are two to ten times higher than in comparable industrialized democracies. Although many families do not need assistance or information from organized programs, many other families want or need information and/or services that would help their children postpone sex, pregnancy, and parenthood. (1996)
  47. Abstinence Program Successfully Changes Teens' Attitudes About Sex
    Pre-test and post-test attitude assessments of the "Choosing the Best" abstinence curriculum demonstrate a positive change in students' attitudes, particularly among non-virgins. (1995)

  48. Young People Look to Adults for Guidance
    Young people most often turn to adults when facing major life choices. As young people mature, non-related adults become more significant sources of support, guidance, and modeling. (1992)

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