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Federal Abstinence Only Until Marriage Curricula

List and Reviews of Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Curricula

SIECUS REVIEWS FEAR-BASED, ABSTINENCE-ONLY-UNTIL-MARRIAGE CURRICULA

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In recent years there has been a proliferation of abstinence-only-until-marriage curricula and materials designed to control young people's sexual behavior by instilling fear, shame, and guilt. As the federal government continues to pour funding into abstinence-only-until-marriage programs, more and more states and communities must decide whether these curricula are appropriate for their young people.

To help parents, educators, and community members better understand these programs, SIECUS frequently reviews popular fear-based, abstinence-only-until-marriage curricula. SIECUS has recently reviewed six such curricula: Choosing the Best PATH, Choosing the Best LIFE, I'm In Charge of the FACTS, FACTS and Reasons, A.C. Green's Game Plan, and Sex Respect.

Although they vary, these curricula share a number of common characteristics: they are based on religious beliefs, rely on fear and shame, omit important information, include inaccurate information, and present stereotypes and biases as fact.

For more information, please see http://www.siecus.org/reviews.html.


Many of the resources on this page have been reviewed by SIECUS. For some of these reviews, please see http://www.siecus.org/pubs/tsha_scaredchaste.pdf

  1. AANCHOR--An Alternative National Curriculum on Responsibility published by Terrance Olson and Christopher Wallace.
  2. The Art of Loving Well published by Boston University.
  3. Choosing the Best published by Choosing the Best, Inc.
  4. Facing Reality published by Project Respect (now named Project Reality).
  5. Families, Decision-Making and Human Development published by Concerned Women for America.
  6. FACTS--Family Accountability Communicating Teen Sexuality published by Northwest Family Services.
  7. Free Teens published by Richard Panzer.
  8. LAMO--Learning About Myself and Others published by Anne Nesbit.
  9. Me, My World, My Future published by Teen-Aid, Inc.
  10. National Guidelines for Sexuality and Character Education published by Medical Institute for Sexual Health.
  11. No Second Chance published by Jeremiah Films
  12. Reasonable Reasons to Wait published by Teen Choice, Inc.
  13. RSVP--Responsible Social Values Program published by RSVP, Inc.
  14. Safe Sex published by the Medical Institute for Sexual Health.
  15. Sex, Lies and the Truth published by Focus on the Family.
  16. Sex Respect published by Respect Incorporated.
  17. Sexuality, Commitment and Family published by Teen-Aid, Inc.