Title

Perspectives from Highly Religious Families on Boundaries and Rules About Sex

Keywords

religion, religious beliefs, sex, sexual attitudes, sexual behavior

Abstract

We investigated the intersection of religion and boundaries placed around sex using qualitative data from 198 highly religious Muslim, Christian, and Jewish families. Coding performed by two researchers resulted in six core themes that provide insight into the connection between these two domains. Frequency counts of the core themes, participant quotes, and implications are presented—including the benefits of practitioners inquiring into how clients’ faith affects sexual behavior and scripts, how fidelity and vows might serve a protective function for the relationships of highly religious couples, and how religion may empower women in terms of sexual boundary setting.

Original Publication Citation

Allsop, D. B., Leavitt, C. E., Clarke, R. W., Driggs, S. M., Gurr, J. B., Marks, L. D., Dollahite, D. C. (2021). Perspectives from highly religious families on boundaries and rules about sex. Journal of Religion and Health, 60, 1576-1599. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10943-020-01171-9

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2021-01-19

Publisher

Journal of Religion and Health

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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