Exploring Latino College Students’ Sexual Behaviors in Relation to Their Sexual Attitudes, Religiousness, and Spirituality

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between religiosity, spirituality, sexual attitudes, and sexual behaviors among Latino and non-Latino college students. The sample included 230 undergraduate college students enrolled at a mid-sized University in the western USA. Sexual behaviors among Latinos were significantly correlated with sexual attitudes and spiritual disclosure in close relationships. However, sexual behaviors for non-Latino respondents were only significantly related to sexual attitudes, not indices of religiousness or spirituality. Sexual educators, health educators, college-level instructors, and counselors can use these results to help Latino and non-Latino students alike understand the relationship between their religious and spiritual beliefs, sexual attitudes, and sexual behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1345-1357
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
Volume54
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 11 2015

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Spirituality
Hispanic Americans
Sexual Behavior
Students
Health Educators
Reproductive Health
Disclosure
Religion
College Students
Sexual
Religiousness
Latinos

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nursing(all)
  • Religious studies

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