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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/159750
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Influence of Religiosity on Sexual Activity among Latina Adolescents: 1995-2002
Abstract:
Influence of Religiosity on Sexual Activity among Latina Adolescents: 1995-2002
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2009
Author:Haglund, Kristin, PhD
P.I. Institution Name:Marquette University
Contact Address:P.O. Box 1881, Milwaukee, WI, 53201-1881, USA
Contact Telephone:414-288-3824
Co-Authors:K. Haglund, R. Fehring, L. Edwards, , Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI;
Problem: Rates of unintended pregnancies and STIs among Latina adolescents in the U.S. remain high. Many efforts have been made to assist youths to avoid sexual activity and reduce their number of sexual partners. A growing body of research indicates that religiosity is a protective factor for youths to decrease their sexual risks although questions remain. Purpose: To determine the trends in the influence of religiosity on sexual activity among Latina teens in the U.S. from 1995 to 2002 utilizing a nationally representative sample. Conceptual Base: Reference group theory suggests that adolescents will reference the principles of their religion to determine their sexual attitudes and behaviors. Method: Secondary analysis of two retrospective, cross sectional data sets. Subjects: Unmarried, 18-21 year-old Hispanic female respondents in the 1995 (N=266) and 2002 (N=283) National Survey of Family Growth were included. The mean age in both cohorts was 17 with 65% listing Catholic as their religion. Analysis: The variables of importance of religion and frequency of church attendance were dichotomized to determine the likelihood ratios of ever having had sex and the mean differences in number of sex partners. Survival analysis was used to determine the rate of delayed sexual debut up to age 21. Results: In 1995, Latinas who viewed religion as very important and had frequent church attendance were (34-45%) less likely to ever have had sex and had significantly fewer partners. Among the 1995 more religious cohort, survival as virgins until age of 21 was 43-49% compared to 16-18% among the less religious teens. The 2002 cohort of Latinas who viewed religion as very important and had frequent church attendance were (14-27%) less likely to ever have sex, but did not have significantly fewer sex partners. Survival as virgins at age of 21 was 41-43% among the 2002 religious adolescents compared to 16% among less religious adolescents. Conclusion: Religiosity exhibited a dampening effect on the sexual activity of adolescents in 1995 and 2002. Religiosity appears to be a potent, although waning, protective factor for young Latinas. More research is needed to understand this phenomenon.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleInfluence of Religiosity on Sexual Activity among Latina Adolescents: 1995-2002en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/159750-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Influence of Religiosity on Sexual Activity among Latina Adolescents: 1995-2002</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2009</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Haglund, Kristin, PhD</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Marquette University</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">P.O. Box 1881, Milwaukee, WI, 53201-1881, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">414-288-3824</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">kristin.haglund@mu.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">K. Haglund, R. Fehring, L. Edwards, , Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI;</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Problem: Rates of unintended pregnancies and STIs among Latina adolescents in the U.S. remain high. Many efforts have been made to assist youths to avoid sexual activity and reduce their number of sexual partners. A growing body of research indicates that religiosity is a protective factor for youths to decrease their sexual risks although questions remain. Purpose: To determine the trends in the influence of religiosity on sexual activity among Latina teens in the U.S. from 1995 to 2002 utilizing a nationally representative sample. Conceptual Base: Reference group theory suggests that adolescents will reference the principles of their religion to determine their sexual attitudes and behaviors. Method: Secondary analysis of two retrospective, cross sectional data sets. Subjects: Unmarried, 18-21 year-old Hispanic female respondents in the 1995 (N=266) and 2002 (N=283) National Survey of Family Growth were included. The mean age in both cohorts was 17 with 65% listing Catholic as their religion. Analysis: The variables of importance of religion and frequency of church attendance were dichotomized to determine the likelihood ratios of ever having had sex and the mean differences in number of sex partners. Survival analysis was used to determine the rate of delayed sexual debut up to age 21. Results: In 1995, Latinas who viewed religion as very important and had frequent church attendance were (34-45%) less likely to ever have had sex and had significantly fewer partners. Among the 1995 more religious cohort, survival as virgins until age of 21 was 43-49% compared to 16-18% among the less religious teens. The 2002 cohort of Latinas who viewed religion as very important and had frequent church attendance were (14-27%) less likely to ever have sex, but did not have significantly fewer sex partners. Survival as virgins at age of 21 was 41-43% among the 2002 religious adolescents compared to 16% among less religious adolescents. Conclusion: Religiosity exhibited a dampening effect on the sexual activity of adolescents in 1995 and 2002. Religiosity appears to be a potent, although waning, protective factor for young Latinas. More research is needed to understand this phenomenon.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T22:18:00Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T22:18:00Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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