Morality of Premarital Sex by Religiosity and Generation Essay

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Morality of Premarital Sex by Religiosity and Generation


Premarital sex is an issue that most teenagers and young couples face as they enter new phases of their relationship. The purpose of this study is to determine if there is a correlation between acceptance of sexual relations before marriage and religiosity or generation. This study is a cross-sectional, secondary analysis of the variables PREMARSX, RELPERSN, and COHORT (which was recoded into three generation categories), which were extracted from the 1998 General Social Survey (GSS). Data analysis of the three variables was performed using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) 10.0, applying Pearson's chi-square as the test of
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As the [Catholic] church's view of sexual relations before the sacrament of marriage has not changed over the years, neither has its followers' view. According to the Church, “the Bible tells you to wait, so you need to wait…sexual relationships are only for married couples”(Stafford, 1999, p55). Historically, generations have been noted as having specific characteristics unique to their era, and not until recent generations was premarital sex even mentioned. As there are many views on whether or not sexual intercourse is acceptable before the commitment of marriage, what is important to note are the viewer's religiosity and generation classification.

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The issue of premarital sex has spanned many centuries and has sparked much controversy between different religious and generational classification groups. According to recent studies, the number of women engaging in premarital sex and giving birth to a child before marriage has risen from 18% in the early 1970's to 41% in the early 1990's. A Census Bureau analyst examining women's marriage and child-bearing patterns considers the increasing tendency of women to delay marriage in favor of education and career, as well as the prevalence of cohabitation before marriage. According to the same analyst, this increase of likelihood [to delay marriage] … may also have been derived from social changes that occurred from the late 1960's to the late 1980's—meaning that the women were

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