Evaluation of Abstinence-Only Education Strategies in Idaho

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Master of Health Science, Health Promotion

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Caile E. Spear


Sarah E. Toevs


Bonnie Lind


Teenage pregnancy, AIDS, and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) continue to pose a public health problem in America. The United States has one of the highest rates of teenage pregnancy among industrialized nations (Sather & Zinn, 2002). For example, the United States rate of teen pregnancy (ages 15 to 19) was 84 per 1000 females in 1996, compared to 43.7 in Australia (Singh & Darroch, 2000). Over four thousand cases of AIDS (ages 13-19) were confirmed in 2001 (United States Department of Health and Human Services [USDHHS], 2002) and approximately three million teens have STIs (Alan Guttmacher Institute, 1998).

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