October 22, 2016   School Closings
Listen Live WCPN / WCLV
Mission 4
Values 1
Values 2
Values 3
Vision 3
Vision 4
Vision 5
Values 4
Values 5
Values 6
Vision 1
Vision 2

Choose a station:

90.3 WCPN
WCLV 104.9

Researcher Discusses Decreased Teen Pregnancy

Share on Facebook Share Share on Twitter Share

Around the country, the percentage of unmarried teens getting pregnant - particularly African-Americans - began falling precipitously in the early 1990s. What accounts for that is hotly debated. For one of the nation's most prominent sex researchers, there is little doubt about the cause. ideastream's Lisa Ann Pinkerton reports.

Friday, October 20, 2006 at 2:18 pm

Speaking at the City Club yesterday, Douglas Kirby said sex education in schools is working. Kirby, the former head of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, said these programs do slow pregnancy rates, especially when they combine practical guidance on use of contraception with a stress on abstinence. He also recommends role playing.

Douglas Kirby: The ideas then come fro the young people. So this makes it real. It's interactive, it gives them concrete ideas.

Kirby also said that communities seeking to replicate successful sex-ed programs should customize them to fit the demographics of particular communities.

Researchers disagree though on what the overall data show. Some say the effectiveness of sex-ed has yet to be documented on a large scale. Other critics remain convinced that abstinence only programs are the key to reduced pregnancies. Lisa Ann Pinkerton, 90.3.