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The Atlantic Covers Population Council Study on Comprehensive Sexuality Education

The Atlantic interviewed Population Council senior associate Nicole Haberland about her new study that shows sex education programs emphasizing gender equality and power in relationships are 5 times more likely to reduce STIs and unintended pregnancies than programs that do not.

“In a new study, Nicole Haberland, a senior associate at the Population Council, makes the case that ‘comprehensive’ should include gender and power dynamics. The study, published in International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, reviewed evaluations of 22 sex-education programs for adolescents and young adults, comparing how effective they were in reducing pregnancy and STIs.

“The nearly opposite outcomes of programs that address gender and power and programs that do not is striking . . . It echoes the increasingly frequent call to address the multiple contextual factors that shape adolescent sexual behavior.”

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