U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Programs receiving these funds taught abstinence from sexual activity outside of marriage as the expected standard for school-age children and could not endorse or promote contraceptive use. In 1998, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Secretary, Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation commissioned Mathematica to conduct a congressionally mandated evaluation of the effectiveness of abstinence education programs.
Mathematica’s comprehensive nine-year abstinence education evaluation used the most rigorous, scientifically based approach to measure program impacts.
The evaluation addressed the following questions: What were the nature and underlying theories of the abstinence education programs supported with Section 510 funding? What were the implementation and operational experiences of local communities and schools that received abstinence education funding? What were the impacts of abstinence education programs? How successful were they in changing the knowledge, attitudes, and intentions of youth? How successful were they in reducing teen sexual activity among youth? How did they change the risk of pregnancy and STDs?
Evidence & Insights From This Project
Impacts of the Heritage Keepers® Life Skills Education Component
This report addresses one particular model for school-based abstinence education: a voluntary, character-based program designed to enhance a mandatory core abstinence education component of the Heritage Keepers® program serving middle and high school youth in Edgefield, South Carolina.Learn More
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