Religiosity and Sexual Involvement Within Adolescent Romantic Couples

Brenna C. LeJeune, Gregory D. Zimet, Faouzi Azzouz, J. Dennis Fortenberry, Matthew C. Aalsma

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The impact of religiosity in adolescent romantic partnerships on sexual behavior was assessed. Data were obtained from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health reciprocated couples database using religious- and relationship-oriented variables to predict sexual involvement in 374 couples (748 participants). We found that individual- and couple-based religiosity impacted sexual behavior. These findings provide evidence for dyad religiosity as a component involved in the expression of sexual behavior in romantic relationships. The current results highlight the importance of incorporating a broad social perspective in order to understand the expression of adolescent sexual behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)804-816
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2013


  • Adolescence
  • Religion
  • Romantic couples
  • Sexual behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies
  • Medicine(all)
  • Nursing(all)

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