Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 52, Issue 1, pp 263–275 | Cite as

True Love Waits: Do Southern Baptists? Premarital Sexual Behavior Among Newly Married Southern Baptist Sunday School Students

  • Janet E. RosenbaumEmail author
  • Byron Weathersbee
Original Paper


This study measures premarital sex prevalence, sources of sex education, and support for secular sex education among 151 newly married young adults surveyed at 9 Texas Southern Baptist churches. More than 70% of respondents reported having had premarital vaginal or oral sex, but more than 80% regretted premarital sex. The proportion of premarital sex exceeded 80% in 6 of 9 churches, among men and women married after age 25 and women married before age 21. School sex education was the only source of information about sexually transmitted infections for 57% of respondents, and 65% supported secular sex education despite church opposition.


Young adults Adolescents Sexual behavior Sex education Evangelical Christians 



Confidence interval


Sexually transmitted infection


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Behavioral and Community HealthUniversity of Maryland School of Public HealthCollege ParkUSA
  2. 2.Sexually Transmitted Disease CenterJohns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public HealthBaltimoreUSA
  3. 3.Vice President for Student LifeUniversity of Mary Hardin-BaylorBeltonUSA
  4. 4.Legacy Family MinistriesWacoUSA

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