Studies – Abstinence / Pornography / Sex Outside Marriage Research

Teen Birth Rate In Louisiana Reflective Of Global Trend

Between 1991-2001, the Teen Birth Rate in LA dropped by 24%, a new study shows that this reflects a worldwide trend. Within the nation, between 1991-2001 26.2% fewer teens gave birth. In LA, in 1991 there were 76 births to teens, but that number dropped to 58 by 2001. The report by the National Center for Health Statistics said that abstinence programs were a primary factor for this decline. [Abstinence Network, 31Dec02; AP,...

Cohabitation Vs. Marriage: 26 Research Findings

The NATIONAL MARRIAGE PROJECT provides the latest and most reliable data available to marriage, divorce, cohabitation, fragile families with children, and youth attitudes about marriage and family. They have two updated reports: “Should We Live Together? What Young Adults Need to Know About Cohabitation Before Marriage” and “The State of Our Unions: 2002” (available mid-June 2002); 732.932.2722. http://marriage.rutgers.edu [email protected] Finding #1. Those who are sexually active before marriage have greater behavioral problems. According to a study reported in Pediatrics, early sexual activity leads to serious behavioral problems. Of 1500 girls studied, non-virgin girls were 2.5 times more likely to have used alcohol than virgins, 6.2 times more likely to have smoked marijuana, and 4.3 times more likely to have attempted suicide. Boys were seven times more likely to have been arrested or picked up by police. Those living together often do so to “prove” their love to their partner. Finding #2. Those who live together before marriage abuse each other more often and more severely than dating couples or married couples. Numerous studies have found that physical attacks are clearly much more common and more severe among live-in couples than among those who are married (e.g., Scott 1994:79; Jackson 1996 and others below). The U.S. Justice Dept. found that women are 62 times more likely to be assaulted by a live-in boyfriend than by a husband (Colson 1995). Those who cohabit in college have twice the rate of violence and twice the rate of physical abuse than in marriage (Johnson 1996). Dr. Jan Stats of Washington State University, one of the most noted researchers on the issue of cohabitation...

HHS Secretary Thompson

released a new report showing birthrates among teenagers fell for the 10th straight year to a new record low in 2001. Prepared by HHS’ CDC, the report, “Births: Preliminary Data for 2001,” shows the teen birthrate dropped 5 percent last year, from 48.5 births/1,000 females aged 15-19 in 2000 to 45.9 in 2001. Since 1991, the teen birthrate has declined 26 percent. Progress was greatest among younger teens; the birthrate for teenagers 15-17 years old fell 8 percent in 2001, and has dropped 35 percent since 1991. The rate for teens 18-19 years of age dropped 4 percent in 2001 and has fallen 20 percent since 1991. In addition, while the overall number of births to unmarried women rose slightly in 2001, births to unmarried teens declined. The rate of births per 1,000 unmarried women aged 15-44 declined slightly between 2000 and 2001. However, the proportion of births to unmarried women rose slightly in 2001, from 33.2 percent in 2000 to 33.4 percent in 2001. “This is an important milestone in our fight against teen pregnancy,” Secretary Thompson said. “The research shows us that when teens postpone parenthood, they improve their lives and the lives of their children. While we’ve seen remarkable progress, we must continue our efforts in local communities to reach teens with the message that everyone benefits when they wait until they are truly ready to start a family.” http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2002pres/20020606.html. The report is on CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics Web site at: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs. HHS’ efforts to reduce teen pregnancy:...

Zogby Poll Reveals Parents Opposed To Comprehensive Sex Education

By a 5.4-1 margin, parents approve/strongly approve of abstinence education (73.4% to 15.8% disapprove). By a 2.4-1 margin, parents disapprove/strongly disapprove of sex education (60.5% to 25.4%). By a 4.9-1 margin, parents disapprove/ strongly disapprove of CDC promoted sex education curricula (74.9% to 14.2%). Miscellaneous condom-based “safer-sex” ed – 68.0% disapprove/ 22.5% approve. [Abstinence Clearinghouse,...

Medical Implications of Virginity Pledge (Physicians Consortium, 1/2001)

The Physicians Consortium has produced an outstanding report entitled "A Perspective on the Medical Implications of the Virginity Pledge among Teens" [The Physicians Consortium, 5Jan01; 612-827-9552]. It is an excellent report on the medical hope offered through teens signing the virginity pledge. A summary power point program of this research:...