02/07/2012 06:42 am ET

Sex Education Is Failing To Reduce Teen Birthrates In Conservative States, Study Finds

Sex education is failing to reduce adolescent birthrates in conservative states, according to a new study. Perhaps paradoxically, states with a majority conservative population and higher degree of religiosity tend to have higher teen birthrates. The findings suggest that the social structure of the state, such as the degree of conservatism, can undermine the effect of the sex curricula.

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