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  • Commentary posted June 10, 2005 by Melissa G. Pardue Success in Encouraging Teen Abstinence

    Experienced parents will tell you that if you can get your kids through the teen years, they likely will be just fine as adults. That's because teens face many of the temptations adults do but without the experience to appreciate the consequences of their decisions. But what if we could somehow transfer some of that experience to teens? What if we could equip them…

  • WebMemo posted May 5, 2005 by Melissa G. Pardue More Evidence of the Effectiveness of Abstinence Education Programs

    The harmful effects of early sexual activity are well documented. They include sexually transmitted diseases, teen pregnancy, and out-of-wedlock childbearing. As well, teen sexual activity is linked to emotional problems, such as depression, and increased risk of suicide. Abstinence education programs, which encourage teens to delay the onset of sexual activity, are…

  • Backgrounder posted February 28, 2005 by Jennifer A. Marshall, Melissa G. Pardue, Grace Smith Beyond the Words at Beijing + 10: How U.N. Policy Falls Short ofWomen's Best Interests

    The United Nations held its Fourth World Con­ference on Women in Beijing in September 1995, and First Lady Hillary Clinton raised the event's profile by leading the U.S. delegation to the confer­ence. The conference and its resulting docu­ments-the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action-covered an expansive agenda organized around 12 topics, from "Women and…

  • Commentary posted February 9, 2005 by Melissa G. Pardue The Kinsey Whitewash

    Parents who feel embattled by the envelope-pushing entertainment industry and "non-judgmental" sex education in the schools may not realize it, but the source of their frustration has a name: Alfred Kinsey. He's the subject of "Kinsey," a movie from Fox-Searchlight Films that profiles the man who set the sexual revolution in motion. In the film, actor Liam…

  • Backgrounder posted December 16, 2004 by Melissa G. Pardue, Robert Rector, Kirk A. Johnson, Ph.D. Mayors' Claims of Growing Hunger Are Once Again Exaggerated

    On December 14, the United States Conference of Mayors and Sodexho-USA released the results of their annual survey of hunger and homelessness in America. The mayors have released a similar report each year since 1986. The report measures "hunger" by the number of persons using food banks or soup kitchens. The Conference of Mayors has reported that the number of…

  • WebMemo posted December 2, 2004 by Melissa G. Pardue Waxman Report Is Riddled with Errors and Inaccuracies

    A new report from Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA) and the minority staff of the House Committee on Government Reform, The Content of Federally Funded Abstinence-Only Education Programs, is yet another attempt by aggressive proponents of comprehensive sex education to discredit and undermine the message of authentic abstinence education. Waxman's report,…

  • Commentary posted October 14, 2004 by Melissa G. Pardue Sex Education -- By the Book

    For many students around the country, textbooks aren't exactly a source of excitement. But for many Texas parents, they're the source of a brewing controversy. And the debate it has touched off could have repercussions nationwide. The controversy concerns the updating of health textbooks -- in particular, the chapters dealing with sex education. The Texas board of…

  • Special Report posted August 10, 2004 by Melissa G. Pardue, Shannan Martin, Robert Rector Comprehensive Sex Education vs. Authentic Abstinence: A Study of Competing Curricula

    Sexual activity in the teen years is linked to a number of important social concerns, including sexually-transmitted diseases, teenage pregnancy, out-of-wedlock childbirth, and depression. Two basic approaches to these problems have emerged: The “safe sex” approach, which encourages teens to use contraception, and traditional abstinence education,…

  • Commentary posted April 1, 2004 by Melissa G. Pardue, Robert Rector The Return of the Ring

    Marriage is a hot topic these days, especially in light of President Bush's call for a constitutional amendment to define the very concept. It's good to see attention focused on marriage, because this vital institution has been weakened in recent decades. Today, one child in three is born outside of marriage. And a large portion of kids born to married couples…

  • Executive Summary posted March 30, 2004 by Melissa G. Pardue, Robert Rector Executive Summary: Reducing Domestic Violence: How the Healthy Marriage Initiative Can Help

    In the United States today, one child in three is born outside marriage. The decline of marriage is a prominent cause of child poverty, welfare dependence, and many other social problems. In response to these concerns, President George W. Bush has proposed a Healthy Marriage Initiative to promote and encourage strong marriages. The proposed program would provide…

  • Backgrounder posted March 30, 2004 by Melissa G. Pardue, Robert Rector Reducing Domestic Violence: How the Healthy Marriage Initiative CanHelp

    In the United States today, one child in three is born outside of marriage. The decline of marriage is a prominent cause of child poverty, welfare dependence, and many other social problems. In response to these concerns, President George W. Bush has proposed the Healthy Marriage Initiative to promote and encourage strong marriages. The proposed program would…

  • Executive Summary posted March 26, 2004 by Robert Rector, Melissa G. Pardue Executive Summary: Understanding the President's Healthy Marriage Initiative

    The erosion of marriage throughout the past four decades has had large-scale negative effects on both children and adults and lies at the heart of many social problems with which government currently grapples. The beneficial effects of marriage on individuals and society are beyond reasonable dispute, and there is a broad and growing consensus that government policy…

  • Backgrounder posted March 26, 2004 by Robert Rector, Melissa G. Pardue Understanding the President's Healthy Marriage Initiative

    The erosion of marriage during the past four decades has had large-scale negative effects on both children and adults: It lies at the heart of many of the social problems with which the government currently grapples. The beneficial effects of marriage on individuals and society are beyond reasonable dispute, and there is a broad and growing consensus that government…

  • Executive Summary posted January 28, 2004 by Robert Rector, Melissa G. Pardue, Shannan Martin Executive Summary: What Do Parents Want Taught in Sex Education Programs?

    A newly released, nationally representative poll conducted by Zogby International shows that American parents overwhelmingly support the themes and messages of abstinence education programs. On many themes, parental support is nearly unanimous. By contrast, parents overwhelmingly reject the main messages in safe sex or "comprehensive sex-ed" curricula. Specifically,…

  • Backgrounder posted January 28, 2004 by Robert Rector, Melissa G. Pardue, Shannan Martin What Do Parents Want Taught in Sex Education Programs?

    Debates about sex education have focused on two different approaches: "safe sex" courses, which encourage teens to use contraceptives, especially condoms, when having sex, and abstinence education, which encourages teens to delay sexual activity. In recent years, advocacy groups such as SIECUS (the Sex Information and education Council of the United States) and…