Monday, February 02, 2009

Sex education, birth control, and sex: What's the relationship between sex education and behavior? The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health asked 6,411 teens in 1994 if: 1) they had learned about pregnancy in school, 2) they've had sex, and 3) they used birth control the first time.

Percent who have had sex

Taught about pregnancy in school 41.0
Not taught 33.7

Percent who used protection the first time

Taught about pregnancy in school 67.4
Not taught 57.9

Percent who have had sex and did it unprotected the first time

Taught about pregnancy in school 13.4
Not taught 14.2

Looking at the top numbers, those taught about pregnancy in school were more likely to have sex. They were also more likely to use protection the first time. The two patterns basically offset each other: the bottom numbers show us that the percent of kids who have had sex and did it with no birth control is roughly the same for the two groups.


  1. Anonymous6:17 PM

    I'm not sure how these issues work in the U.S., but could it be that more religious communities would be less likely to have school boards that teach sex ed? Therefore, it is their religiousness that causes the kids to abstain, and not a lack of knowledge of the act itself? Nobody actually learns what sex is in sex ed. They just learn the ins and outs (pardon the pun) of it.

  2. What do they mean by "learned about pregnancy in school"? People "learn about pregnancy" when mommy's tummy gets big and little sister appears a few months later. I figure if you've heard sex exists then you probably know what it's for.


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