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Adolescent Religiosity and Contraceptive Usage

Marlena Studer and Arland Thornton
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 49, No. 1 (Feb., 1987), pp. 117-128
DOI: 10.2307/352676
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/352676
Page Count: 12
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Adolescent Religiosity and Contraceptive Usage
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Abstract

Religiosity appears to be an important factor in explaining variations in sexual activity and contraceptive usage among adolescents. While adolescents' religious commitment diminishes their propensity to engage in sexual intercourse, it is associated with less effective contraceptive usage among those who do become sexually active. Results from logistic regression analysis, controlling for frequency of recent sexual activity, parental socioeconomic status, and parental marital stability, determined that never-married, sexually experienced teenage girls regularly attending religious services were less likely to have used an effective, medical method of contraception than those who were rarely attending religious services.

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