Thursday, July 9, 2009

Comprehensive Sex-Ed Program in the UK Doubles Teen Pregnancy [Serge]

Here is the report from the BBC:

A total of 2,371 teenagers deemed at risk of exclusion from school, drug abuse and teenage pregnancy took part in the YPDP over the three years it ran, at a cost of £2,500 each.

Of these, some 16% fell pregnant.

It didn't appear to reduce teenage pregnancy so we will not be taking it any further
Department of Health

This compared with 6% in other groups of youths deemed vulnerable but which were not taking part in the YPDP. These included for instance teenagers from Pupil Referral Units, who were being educated for various reasons outside of mainstream school.

The YPDP group had sex earlier, and reported a higher expectation of becoming a teenage parent.

The young women in the group were more likely not to have used contraception when they most recently had sex.

Here is the complete article which I have finished reading and will be analyzing in my series on the medical literature in our next podcast. I believe you will find the results just as fascinating as I did.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks, Serge! I look forward to reading through it...

    Steve

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