101242: Impacts of Four Title V, Section 510 Abstinence Education Programs

Final Report

About the Course:

Since fiscal year 1998, the Title V, Section 510 program has allocated $50 million annually in federal funding for programs that teach abstinence from sexual activity outside of marriage as the expected standard for school-age children. This course is based on a new impact report from Mathematica’s congressionally mandated multi-year evaluation of four abstinence education programs. It finds that the programs had no effect on the sexual abstinence of youth, but it also finds that youth in these programs were no more likely to have unprotected sex, a concern that has been raised by some critics of these programs.


Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., for U.S. Department of HHS

Publication Date:

April 2007


Trenholm, Christopher; Devaney, Barbara; Fortson, Ken, et al.

About the Authors:

Project Director


Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. Staff

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about the effectiveness of sexual abstinence education programs for adolescents. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe how Title V, Section 510 programs came into being, their distinguishing program features, and study implications.

  2. Analyze and assess the designs and methods used to develop final impact evaluation data.

  3. Identify the ways in which sexual abstinence and teen risk behaviors were impacted by programs evaluated.

  4. Explain how predictors of sexual abstinence were developed, as well as the findings associated with those predictors.

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