Sex Education in the Home and the School

The American College of Pediatricians recognizes the health benefits of sexual risk avoidance (SRA – formerly known as ‘abstinence’) as the optimal lifestyle for all youth.  Therefore, the College strongly endorses SRA education and recommends its adoption by all school systems in lieu of “comprehensive sex education.”  This position is based on the public health principle of primary prevention, promoting risk-avoidance in lieu of risk-reduction to obtain the highest standard of health.  The College has released a statement, School-based Sex Education, supporting its position. 

The following are additional resources supporting sexual risk avoidance.

Abstinence Education in Context

Comparing Sex Education programs

A Closer Look at the Evidence

Abstinence Clearing House

Abstinence and Marriage Education Partnership

Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) Curricula

Medical Coalition Opposes Comprehensive Sex Education

The Sex Talk With Teens Needs To Cover A Lot More Than Birth Control – Article written by ACPeds member on the need for adults to reinforce to teens that our bodies and hearts are connected and the entire package should be treasured and safeguarded.

A History of Sex Education: Sex Education as Bullying

Passport to Purity is a helpful workbook/CD tool to enable parents to address the topic of sexuality with their young teen.

A Summary of Research Surrounding Oxytocin

Correcting Misinformation in the Sex ed Debate

Facts vs Myths 

The War on Young Women

A Proven Approach for Preventing Poverty

Facts About Youth is a practical resource for students, parents and educators on the development of sexual orientation of youth. Amid much confusion in today’s society on this topic, the Facts website provides objective, scientifically-supported information for parents in childrearing and for educators in making sound school policy.


1 Freedman, L.P. “Censorship and Manipulation of Reproductive Health Information.” Coliver, S, ed. “The Right to Know: Human Right Access to Reproductive Health Information.” Philadelphia, Penn.: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1995: 1-37. qtd. in Hendricks, Kate “The Attack on Abstinence Education: Fact or Fallacy?” Medical Institute for Sexual Health, 2006.