For the Harvard report, researcher Janet Rosenbaum analyzed data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, a survey conducted by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. It is the only government-sponsored study that asks about virginity pledges.I love that line "This may indicate that they are not that closely affiliated with the pledge." That's putting it diplomatically.
The 14,000 survey subjects were interviewed in 1995 and reinterviewed in 1996 and 2001. They ranged in age from 12 to 18 and came from across the country.
Rosenbaum found that 52% of those who said they had signed virginity pledges had had sex within a year. And of those who had sex after telling the first interviewers they had taken the pledge, 73% denied in the second interview having made the pledge.
"This may indicate that they are not that closely affiliated with the pledge," Rosenbaum said.
May 8, 2006
The L.A. Times reports:
Posted by Ann Althouse at 8:36 AM