PEP Director Amy Schalet and colleagues' review on the harms of Abstinence-Only Until Marriage programs receives wide media coverage

Tamara Shopsin, NY Times

Thirteen leading experts in adolescent sexuality research and policy, including PEP Director Amy Schalet, release a new review of U.S. sexuality education policies and programs, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health and covered in the New York TimesForbesNPR, Medpage Today, as well as many other media outlets. The authors review the scientific evidence accumulated over several decades and conclude that AOUM programs are ineffective, stigmatizing and unethical. The review and accompanying position paper examines the U.S. government’s decades-long history of funding AOUM programs, presenting evidence on AOUM programs' inefficacy and potential harms, as well as the efficacy and benefits of more comprehensive sexuality education programs. Based on this body of research, the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine has published updated recommendations on sexuality education policies and programs, reaffirming the importance of approaches that are comprehensive and grounded in scientific evidence. Photo Credit: Tamara Shopsin, NY Times