Mon Oct 7, 2002 - 12:15 pm EST

FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas, October 7, 2002 ( - A sex education program based on abstinence is achieving strong enough results that a major publication has reported on it. The American Journal of Health Behavior says high school students who took part in the “Sex Can Wait” curriculum, developed at the University of Arkansas, were more likely to remain virgins and to have a commitment to abstinence, than students who did not participate in it—even after just eight weeks of exposure to the program. “Sex Can Wait” does more than simply tell youth how to behave, but helps them understand why such behaviour is superior or beneficial.  “These findings are encouraging and a bit surprising,” said George Denny, lead researcher and an Education and Health professor. “Because of the relatively short time span [two months or less] between the pre-test and the post-test, we did not expect to see behavioral changes.”  To read about the program see:

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