Sexuality Educational Needs and Religiosity of Premarital Young Adults

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Sexual knowledge and concerns are part of the multidimensional nature of human sexuality, shaped by sociocultural influences (e.g. religiosity and culture). The relationship between couples’ religiosity and their sexuality education needs is poorly understood. The purpose of the research as a pilot study was to explore premarital individuals’ sexual and reproductive health literacy and sexual concerns, as well as whether religiosity might be able to predict either one of these variables. Using a small sample of dating and engaged couples and individuals (N = 48), bivariate regression analyses, analyses of variance, and a canonical correlation analysis (CCA) were conducted on … continued below

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Larva, Michelle A. E. 2018.

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Sexual knowledge and concerns are part of the multidimensional nature of human sexuality, shaped by sociocultural influences (e.g. religiosity and culture). The relationship between couples’ religiosity and their sexuality education needs is poorly understood. The purpose of the research as a pilot study was to explore premarital individuals’ sexual and reproductive health literacy and sexual concerns, as well as whether religiosity might be able to predict either one of these variables. Using a small sample of dating and engaged couples and individuals (N = 48), bivariate regression analyses, analyses of variance, and a canonical correlation analysis (CCA) were conducted on survey data. Results from the CCA indicated that there may be a complex and negative relationship between one’s religiosity and sexual/reproductive health knowledge, but given the small sample size, the results were statistically insignificant.

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Abstract: Sexual knowledge and concerns are part of the multidimensional nature of human sexuality, shaped by sociocultural influences (e.g. religiosity and culture). The relationship between couples’ religiosity and their sexuality education needs is poorly understood. The purpose of the research as a pilot study was to explore premarital individuals’ sexual and reproductive health literacy and sexual concerns, as well as whether religiosity might be able to predict either one of these variables. Using a small sample of dating and engaged couples and individuals (N = 48), bivariate regression analyses, analyses of variance, and a canonical correlation analysis (CCA) were conducted on survey data. Results from the CCA indicated that there may be a complex and negative relationship between one’s religiosity and sexual/reproductive health knowledge, but given the small sample size, the results were statistically insignificant. Some scales of the sexual/reproductive health knowledge assessment contributed more to the CCA model than others. Religiosity aspects did not predict overall sexual concerns, but some scales of sexual health literacy were significantly correlated with specific sexual concerns. Within this sample, the results identified a few commonly shared misconceptions and concerns about sexuality. This study provided a needs assessment for sexuality components in couple relationship education and similar preventative efforts, as well as a unique look into how religiosity may play a role in sexual and reproductive health literacy. Further implications and directions for future research are discussed.

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Larva, Michelle A. E. Sexuality Educational Needs and Religiosity of Premarital Young Adults, thesis or dissertation, 2018; (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1857887/: accessed November 30, 2021), University of North Texas Libraries, UNT Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Education.

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