Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 54, Issue 4, pp 1345–1357 | Cite as

Exploring Latino College Students’ Sexual Behaviors in Relation to Their Sexual Attitudes, Religiousness, and Spirituality

  • Raffy R. LuquisEmail author
  • Gina M. Brelsford
  • Miguel A. Pérez
Original Paper


The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between religiosity, spirituality, sexual attitudes, and sexual behaviors among Latino and non-Latino college students. The sample included 230 undergraduate college students enrolled at a mid-sized University in the western USA. Sexual behaviors among Latinos were significantly correlated with sexual attitudes and spiritual disclosure in close relationships. However, sexual behaviors for non-Latino respondents were only significantly related to sexual attitudes, not indices of religiousness or spirituality. Sexual educators, health educators, college-level instructors, and counselors can use these results to help Latino and non-Latino students alike understand the relationship between their religious and spiritual beliefs, sexual attitudes, and sexual behaviors.


Sexual behaviors Sexual attitudes Latino college students Spirituality Religiosity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Raffy R. Luquis
    • 1
    Email author
  • Gina M. Brelsford
    • 2
  • Miguel A. Pérez
    • 3
  1. 1.Health Education Program, School of Behavioral Sciences and EducationPenn State HarrisburgMiddletownUSA
  2. 2.Penn State HarrisburgMiddletownUSA
  3. 3.Department of Public HealthCalifornia State University, Fresno StateFresnoUSA

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