Perceptions of Youth Towards Premarital Sex

9892 Words Mar 1st, 2011 40 Pages
In-Partial Fulfillment of Master’s Degree


Chapter 1

The Problem and its Background

Introduction Sexual feelings begin long before puberty. As noted by Ellis, Freud, and Kinsey (1996), very young children and even babies, two and three months old, have sexual experiences (both through self-stimulation and through handling, caring, and fondling by parents). Premarital sex is serious moral issue confronting high school students. This isn’t to say that sexual temptations only existed in youth. But these days, being youth, they are more cut off from familial restrictions and parish supports, confronted with peer pressure that
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When marriage is delayed into some far off indefinite future, it can become extremely difficult to delay sexual intimacy for the honeymoon. As St. Paul advises: “If you cannot restrain your desires, go ahead and marry—it is better to marry than to burn with passion” (I Corinthians 7:9). According to Briggs (2000), previous studies of Mormons have indicated they are substantially less likely to engage in premarital sex, and the results of the National Family Survey (2000) support those findings. The Catholic Bible condemns not only adultery, but premarital sex, or fornication (Mark 7:21). The wisdom of our Christian tradition teaches us that only the complete commitment to one another that comes with marriage is the proper setting for sexual intimacy. Marriage is much more than just “a piece of paper.” It is only in marriage that we publicly give ourselves to each other, belong to each other, are responsible for each other, “in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, all the days of our lives.”

These views on sexuality create a sort of problem on whether who among the youth still deals with the importance of their respective religious teachings.

According to Ramsbey( 2004) this problem deals with the changing more of society—and for a change, the moral standards of today are significantly higher than they were in biblical days. Tragically, our society is sending young people the message that they cannot live chastely. More

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