Friday, January 09, 2009

Abstinence - more than just a pledge

Allie Mohler - OneNewsNow - 1/9/2009

A leader in the Southern Baptist Convention is speaking out about a recent study that said teenagers who take abstinence pledges are just as likely to have premarital sex as those who don't take such pledges.

Late last month, the federal government released the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, which surveyed around 11,000 students in grades 7-12 over a period of years. According to the study, researchers found that more than half of the young people became sexually active before marriage, regardless of whether they had taken an abstinence pledge.

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1 comment:

Secular Heretic said...

I recently wrote about this "new research" on my own blog. Abstinence pledge no guarantee to avoid premarital sex

From what I have read there is conflicting information about whether pledging increases the likely hood of remaining a virgin before marriage.

Pledging is still beneficial.I found that pledgers have fewer sexual partners, they are more likely to abstain from sex before marriage, and they have markedly lower levels of non-marital pregnancy, compared to adolescents who do not take the pledge.