Abstinence-Only Until Marriage and Abstinence Pledge Programs: A Policy Review for Stakeholders

Jeffrey Schade
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unplanned pregnancy are significant public health concerns. Abstinence-only until marriage (AOUM) and abstinence pledge programs have received a significant amount of government funding in an attempt to address these problems. Despite receiving over two billion dollars in funding, the programs have not been shown to be effective in achieving their stated goals. In addition, there are significant concerns about the content of AOUM curriculums, including
more » ... medical inaccuracy and use of outdated gender stereotypes.
doi:10.57709/4104557 fatcat:ipxiudoowbar5e7q3o6yebtnii