The study of sexual attitudes, sexual behaviours, self-esteem and parent-child relationships of 'abstinence only until marriage' adolescents: an international study of the children of Unification church members.
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Despite the vast amount of research on adolescents' sexuality, little is known about that of sexually abstinent adolescents. In addition to fill the gap in the extant literature about this minority group of young people, this case study research was conducted in the Unification Church. Adolescents, aged 12-19, were selected to examine their sexual attitudes, sexual behaviours, self esteem and parent-child relationships. The research also investigated the correlations between all variables. Quantitative data were collected via questionnaire from 57 participants living in several countries, and six parents provided qualitative data in the Focus Group Method to support the findings of the resulting analysis. The findings were that the adolescents have clear attitudes of being sexually abstinent before marriage, and the majority have rarely engaged in low-level sexual behaviours which was consistent with their attitudes of being opposed to premarital sex. Results also show that sexually abstinent adolescents have high self-esteem and also have a satisfying relationship with their parents. It implies these teens are well-supported and confident about their sexual perspectives. Moreover, there is almost no correlation (-0.1<r<0.1) between those mentioned variables. This study concluded that being sexually abstinent is just one of many sexual choices. However, these particular adolescents are worthy to be paid more attention in academic studies. Suggestions for future research are discussed.
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