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Zogby Survey Shows Dramatic Shift in Attitudes Once Parents Understand Differences Between Abstinence and Comprehensive Sex Education

Atlanta, May 4, 2007 — The National Abstinence Education Association (NAEA) today released a new survey from Zogby International showing that when parents become aware of what abstinence education vs. comprehensive sex education actually teaches, support for abstinence programs jumps from 40% to 60%, while support for comprehensive programs drops from 50% to 30%. This sharp increase in support of abstinence education is seen across all political and economic groups.

Mathematica Findings Too Narrow

ATLANTA, April 16, 2007 — The recent March conference on the Evaluation of Abstinence Education, sponsored by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), featured at least 30 significant evaluation studies that demonstrated positive trends in teen abstinent behavior, says Valerie Huber, Executive Director of the National Abstinence Education Association (NAEA). The NAEA also recently released a list of numerous peer-reviewed, published studies that demonstrate that abstinence education programs are effective in delaying sexual debut, reducing partners once sexually active, and empowering sexually experienced students to embrace abstinent behavior. This list is available online at http://www.abstinenceassociation.org/docs/NAEA_Abstinence_Works_041207.pdf (PDF, ~50KB)