"SRA education is an approach that gives teens information and skills that are intended to help them avoid all the possible negative consequences of teen sex, including but not limited to, the physical consequences of STDs and pregnancy." - Ascend, Sexual Risk Avoidance Works
Twenty-five research studies of SRA programs show significant behavioral changes in improving teen outcomes. Many other studies demonstrate early stage positive attitudinal impacts that tend to predict decreased sexual initiation rates. According to Ascend: SRA education has an impressive and growing body of research pointing to its effectiveness. To date, 25 peer- reviewed studies show statistically significant evidence of positive behavioral impact for students with all levels of sexual experience. Six studies demonstrate significant delay in sexual initiation for one to two years after the program ended. Most research was obtained within the school setting. The results are remarkable and consistently reveal these noteworthy findings.
Compared to their peers, students in SRA programs are: 1. Much more likely to delay sexual initiation. 2. If sexually active, much more likely to discontinue or decrease their sexual activity. 3. No less likely to use a condom if they initiate sex. 4. More likely to excel academically 5. Less likely to engage in other risk behaviors
Source: Ascend (2016) Sexual Risk Avoidance Works: Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) Education Demonstrates Improved Outcomes for Youth. Washington , DC: Author.