Advocates for Youth. Indiana: State-level school health policies. Medicaid waivers If Medicaid waivers contribute to the positive correlation between abstinence education and teen pregnancy at the state level, then states with waivers should have different teen pregnancy and birth rates than states without waivers.
Under the Obama Administration, there was a notable shift in abstinence education funding toward more evidence-based sex education initiatives. But programs advocating abstinence often fail to prevent young people from having sex, researchers write in the September issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health.
Hunt said teachers need more concrete requirements for teaching sex education, and more detailed instruction on contraception. First, because teen pregnancy and STD rates are so high in the United States, parents, policymakers, and educators have a compelling interest in finding sexuality education programs that will lower them.
However, the Trump Administration has released a new funding announcement that focuses on programs that teach abstinence instead of comprehensive sex education.
Human Rights Watch Reports, 14 5G1— For the 48 states in this analysis, an ethnic breakdown for all three ethnic groups of teen pregnancy and abortion rates was available for 26 states, and of teen birth rates for 43 states. Data on four possibly confounding factors were included in our analyses.
Dailard, C. With two types of federal funding programs available, legislators of individual states now have the opportunity to decide which type of sex education and which funding option to choose for their state, while pursuing the ultimate goal of reducing teen pregnancy rates.
The easiest way to explain why medical accuracy is so important is to look at an example from an abstinence-only-until-marriage curriculum. In agreement with previous studies, our analysis showed that adjusted median household income and proportion of white teens in the teen population both had a significant influence on teen pregnancy rates.