Does religion affect sexual behaviour? Focus on first sexual intercourse among youth in North West University South Africa
Amoateng, Acheampong Yaw
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The aim of the study was to assess the impact of religion on the timing of youth transition to first sexual intercourse using a sample of undergraduate students from the North-West University in South Africa. Cox regression analysis showed that higher levels of religiosity have a delaying effect on the age at which youth have first sexual intercourse. Besides religion, gender, ethnicity, race and substance were all significantly associated with age at sexual debut. Females, Afrikaans-speaking youth, and whites were all likely to delay sexual intercourse compared to males, English-speaking and Black African youths. Finally, high levels of substance use by youth were associated with early initiation of sexual intercourse. We conclude that while religion exerts a negative influence on the timing of transition to first sexual intercourse, there is a multiplicity of other socio-cultural factors that equally affect this youth behaviour.
- Faculty of Humanities