NYC Survey Shows a Majority of Parents Support Abstinence Education
New York, NY (October 23, 2012) A recent survey commissioned by the National Abstinence Education Foundation (NAEF) and a new survey conducted for the Chiaroscuro Foundation of NYC, found similar and confirming results showing majority support for abstinence education among parents.
The Chiaroscuro Foundation, a member of the NYC Parents’ Choice Coalition founded to work for sensible sex education policies in NYC, commissioned the new poll to assess support among New Yorkers for a program dispensing Plan B and other contraceptives through the schools and to determine the opinions of parents regarding abstinence education.
Survey findings in both polls indicate a majority of parents support the abstinence education approach, themes and context in which sexual information is shared with teens. Some sample results include:
· When asked if parents would support abstinence education if they knew abstinence education teaches facts about contraception but always promotes delaying sex as the best choice, both polls showed overwhelming support by parents showing NAEF= 80% and Chiaroscuro= 76%.
· When asked if parents would support abstinence education if they knew studies showed that teens in such programs are more likely to delay sex than their peers, results indicate NAEF= 83% and Chiaroscuro = 75%.
“These polls confirm on both the micro and macro levels that parents support the sexual risk avoidance message found in abstinence education. It is time for public policy to reflect what parents are telling us at both the national and local levels- they support abstinence education,” stated Valerie Huber, President of NAEF
NAEA is a professional association representing organizations and individuals who support a priority on risk avoidance through abstinence education. NAEA members serve students across the nation. For more information, visit the NAEA website: www.theNAEA.org and www.abstinenceworks.org.