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J Relig Health. 2013 Mar;52(1):263-75. doi: 10.1007/s10943-010-9445-5. Epub 2011 Jan 28.

True love waits: do Southern Baptists? Premarital sexual behavior among newly married Southern Baptist Sunday school students.

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Department of Behavioral and Community Health, University of Maryland School of Public Health, College Park, MD 20742, USA. jerosenb@umd.edu

Abstract

This study measures premarital sex prevalence, sources of sex education, and support for secular sex education among 151 newly married young adults surveyed at 9 Texas Southern Baptist churches. More than 70% of respondents reported having had premarital vaginal or oral sex, but more than 80% regretted premarital sex. The proportion of premarital sex exceeded 80% in 6 of 9 churches, among men and women married after age 25 and women married before age 21. School sex education was the only source of information about sexually transmitted infections for 57% of respondents, and 65% supported secular sex education despite church opposition.

PMID:
21274632
PMCID:
PMC3156853
DOI:
10.1007/s10943-010-9445-5
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