Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Format of Original

13 p.

Publication Date

12-2010

Publisher

Springer

Source Publication

Journal of Religion and Health

Source ISSN

0022-4197

Original Item ID

doi: 10.1007/s10943-009-9267-5

Abstract

This study examined the association of religiosity, sexual education and family structure with risky sexual behaviors among adolescents and young adults. The nationally representative sample, from the 2002 National Survey of Family Growth, included 3,168 women and men ages 15–21 years. Those who viewed religion as very important, had frequent church attendance, and held religious sexual attitudes were 27–54% less likely to have had sex and had significantly fewer sex partners than peers. Participants whose formal and parental sexual education included abstinence and those from two-parent families were 15% less likely to have had sex and had fewer partners.

Comments

Accepted version. Journal of Religion and Health, Vol. 49, No. 4 (December 2010): 460-472. DOI. © 2010 Springer. Used with permission.

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