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ERIC Number: EJ779168
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Dec
Pages: 9
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0140-1971
Adolescent Religiosity and Sexuality: An Investigation of Reciprocal Influences
Hardy, Sam A.; Raffaelli, Marcela
Journal of Adolescence, v26 n6 p731-739 Dec 2003
The present study examined potential bi-directional associations between religiosity and first sexual intercourse. The sample, drawn from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, included 303 teens (22% Hispanic, 35% Black, 43% White; 53% male) aged 15-16 in 1996 and 17-18 in 1998. All teens included in the sample were virgins at Time 1. In the longitudinal analyses, higher Time 1 religiosity (a composite of importance of religion and frequency of church attendance) was associated with a lower likelihood of first sexual intercourse between Time 1 and Time 2. However, transition to sexual activity between Time 1 and Time 2 was not significantly related to Time 2 religiosity. Thus, results do not support a bi-directional association; instead, it appears that teens with higher levels of religiosity tend to delay sexual involvement more than those with lower levels of religiosity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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