Sexual Risk Avoidance Approach to Sex Ed Shows Promise

Instead of using the typical Sexual Risk Reduction (SRR) approach to sexual education that teaches high school students how to avoid pregnancy, the Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) approach to sex ed uses sound scientific research, a holistic approach, and common sense to teach teens not just to delay sexual activity through abstinence, but also how to build healthy relationships and set goals. Though 90 cents out of every federal sexual education dollar goes to SRR, more than 80 percent of teens in those types of programs fared either worse or no better than their peers who were not a part of the program. On the other hand, according to 25 peer-reviewed studies, students who went through SRA were more likely to wait for sex and were more likely to avoid other risky behaviors.

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