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An Evaluation of the "Sex Can Wait" Abstinence Education Curriculum Series

G. Denny
Michael Young
Caile Spear, Boise State University


Objective: To examine the effect of the three levels of the Sex Can Wait curriculum series on the knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs of students relative to sexuality. Methods: Students from eight school districts participated in the curriculum. Students from seven other school districts served as a comparison group. Results: The treatment group outscored the comparison group as follows: (upper elementary) knowledge, attitudes and attitudes toward abstinence (p<.05); (middle school) knowledge and decision-making behaviors (p<.05); (high school) no significant differences. Conclusion: Despite limitations, results should be encouraging for persons interested in helping young people postpone sexual involvement.

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G. Denny, Michael Young, and Caile Spear. "An Evaluation of the "Sex Can Wait" Abstinence Education Curriculum Series" American Journal of Health Behavior 23 (1999): 134-143.
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