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Research Updates

Our research updates summarize the findings and implications of the most relevant reports and articles so that colleagues, educators, and advocates can have the most up-to-date information even when they’re short on time.  The following is a list of recent research updates related to adolescent sexuality. 

Young Adult Literature: What Does It Tell Youth About Contraceptives? (January 2012)

Adolescent Sexual Behavior in Texas: Implications for Policy and Practitioners (December 2011)

Positive Youth Development and Human Sexuality Education: Making the Connection (September 2011)

Recent Study Highlights “stayover Relationships” Among Emerging Adults (September 2011)

Body Image and Weight Associated With Sexual Behavior in Adolescent Girls (October 2009)

Evaluating Early Adolescents’ Perceptions of Sexual Abstinence (July 2009)

More Detailed Research Once Again Shows Virginity Pledges Don’t Work (January 2009)

Study Finds That Some “abstinence-Plus” Programs Have Positive Effects On Sexual Behavior (December 2007)

Prevalence of Unprotected Anal Sex Among Teens Requires New Education Strategies (December 2007)

Educational Achievement, Not Sexual Abstinence, Predicts Long-Term Mental Health in Adolescent Girls (December 2007)

Study Finds That More Exposure To the Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Message Does Not Change Behavior (August 2007)

Common Definitions of Virginity and Abstinence May Put Some Youth at Risk (August 2007)


To help educators, advocates, parents, and teens find accurate, reliable, and thought-provoking resources, SIECUS has pulled together lists of books on a number of topics related to sexuality and sexuality education.

Books for Young People

Books for Parents

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