Federally Funded Sex Education Programs Linked To Decline In Teen Birth Rates

The implementation of federally funded sex education programs over a decade ago was followed by a decline in teenage pregnancies in counties

The research offers a long-term assessment of the impact of comprehensive sex education in reducing teen birth rates.

“​​Sex education in the United States has been hotly debated among researchers, policy makers,

Our analysis provides evidence that funding for more comprehensive sex education led to an overall reduction in the teen birth rate at the county level of more than 3 percent.”

This work shows that more wide-reaching sex education programs—those not limited to abstinence—are successful in lowering rates of teen births.”

To study the impact of sex education programs, the researchers focused on the federal Teen Pregnancy Prevention program