This post is a re-post of an article from the MercatorNet on 22nd November 2016 and is by Philippa Taylor.
Newly released last week, to muted publicity, was a comprehensive, reliable and rigorous Cochrane review of studies reviewing school-based interventions on sex education. This was a large review, combining peer-reviewed data from more than 55,000 young people from around the world. Cochrane reviews are internationally recognized as the highest standard in evidence-based health care resources.
Some of its conclusions were startling and probably for many, unexpected.
The studies in the Cochrane review were all randomised controlled trials from Europe, Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa. Most were of high quality and had follow-ups at between 18 months and seven years. The sex education programmes they investigated included peer and teacher-led education and “innovative uses” of drama and group work.
What did the Cochrane Review find?