After the Promise: The STD Consequences of Adolescent Virginity Pledges

Brückner, Hannah; Bearman, Peter Shawn

Understanding the determinants of sexually transmitted disease (STD) acquisition among adolescents and young adults is critical to assess interventions designed to limit the spread of STDs [1, 2, 3]. One set of interventions—adopted by numerous organizations and directly supported by federal policy—are programs that encourage abstinence by encouraging adolescents to make pledges to remain virgins until marriage. This article considers the relationship between adolescent virginity pledges and the sexual behavior of young adults, focusing on STD acquisition.


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Journal of Adolescent Health

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April 24, 2019