Abstinence-Only Sex Education

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Dr. Rebecca Maynard
Professor, Graduate School of Education
University of Pennsylvania

• Leading authority on the effectiveness of abstinence-only and comprehensive sex education

• Conducted the largest and most rigorous evaluation of abstinence
education programs ever done, has studied how effective programs are in terms of changing sexual behavior and has studied the costs of teen childbearing

• Has examined issues related to teenage pregnancy prevention, services
for teenaged parents, child-care policy and welfare policy.