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Abstinence only programmes do not change sexual behaviour, Texas study shows

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 10 February 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:326

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  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

Sex education programmes that teach only abstinence have little impact on adolescents' behaviour, a study in Texas, George Bush's home state, has concluded.

The number of adolescents who had had sexual intercourse did not change or increased after they had received abstinence only sex education, according to the report ‘Abstinence Education Evaluation Phase 5 Technical Report’ from the Texas health department.

The evaluation was prompted after Henry Waxman, a Democratic senator, and 18 other congressional representatives complained that 11 of the 13 commonly used …

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