Transitions: Negotiating Sexual Decision Making in the Life of Students Attending a Christian University

Kesha Morant Williams, Kyla DeFazio, Regina May Goins

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Abstract

This exploratory study analyzes the responses of 80 open-ended online surveys to examine the sexual beliefs and behaviors of college students aged 18-22 attending a Christian university in the northeastern region of the USA. This study investigates the transitions the participants encountered in relationship to their sexual beliefs and behaviors. The findings of this study indicate that many students at the beginning, middle, or end of their college transition are committed to abstaining from sexual intercourse until marriage. However, there is also a large minority of students who have not made this commitment. Although well over half of the participants self-reported that they would abstain from sexual intercourse until marriage, more than a third are comfortable with, are engaging in, or are contemplating premarital sex.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)547-559
Number of pages13
JournalSexuality and Culture
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gender Studies
  • Cultural Studies

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