Laurence Steinberg
Professor of Psychology, Temple University

The Cognitive Case Against Abstinence-Only Education

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The ‘just don’t do it’ approach to teen prevention programs, which underlies programs from DARE to Driver’s Ed, relies on the fallacious notion that adolescent behavior is based on knowledge and beliefs.

Laurence Steinberg

Laurence Steinberg is the Distinguished University Professor of Psychology at Temple University. An internationally renowned expert on psychological development during adolescence, he is the author of more than 250 articles and essays on growth and development during the teenage years, nd the author or editor of eleven books, including including Adolescence the leading college textbook on adolescent development. A graduate of Vassar College and Cornell University, he was named as the first recipient of the Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize in 2009, one of the largest prizes ever awarded to a social scientist, for his contributions to improving the lives of young people and their families.