Between 2003 and 2006, the Australian government has instituted the so-called Virtual Infant Parenting (VIP) program that aims to educate young Aussies of proper sex education by using baby dolls. But instead of lowering the cases of teenage pregnancy and abortion in Australia, the result was the opposite.
According to a study published in The Lancet last week, the baby simulator program of the Australian government increases the likelihood of Australian teens to become pregnant.
Baby Dolls and Pregnancy, Abortion
The VIP program of the Australian government was conducted based on the premise that teens exposed to roles and responsibilities of a mother to her child are less likely to engage in sexual activity. But as it turns out, it wasn’t actually the case.
The original study assigned participants aged 13-15 to either experimental group (those who receive the specialized curriculum) or control group (those enrolled in a regular curriculum).
The participants were monitored until they reached 20, and their pregnancy or abortion behavior was then assessed. But the result was not the scenario the original proponent of the study was expecting.
Baby Dolls Make Teens Pregnant?
According to the study, girls who received the VIP program reported higher pregnancy and abortion incidents. Data revealed that the 8 percent of the intervention group got pregnant compared to the 6 percent from the control group.
Meanwhile, at least 9 percent of the intervention group had an abortion compared to the 6 percent in the control group.
“The infant simulator-based VIP programme did not achieve its aim of reducing teenage pregnancy. Girls in the intervention group were more likely to experience a birth or an induced abortion than those in the control group before they reached 20 years of age,” the interpretative portion of the study reads.