Faith, Premarital Sex and Relationships: Are Church Messages in Accordance with the Perceived Realities of the Youth?: A Qualitative Study in KwaZulu–Natal, South Africa
2013 (English)In: Journal of religion and health, ISSN 0022-4197, E-ISSN 1573-6571, Vol. 52, no 2, 454-466 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Since religious messages on life style have a strong impact in South Africa, it is important to assess how they relate to the situation for young people at risk of HIV infection. Nine focus group discussions were conducted with youth (n=62), aged 13–20 years, from the Roman Catholic Church, the Lutheran Church, and the Assemblies of God. Young people were ambivalent toward sexual contacts since these generally were expected to be part of a relationship even though the church condemns premarital sex. Girls perceived the moral norms to concern them more than the boys for whom sexual needs were more accepted. These moral barriers lead to lack of information about protection and may increase the risk of HIV. The realities young people facing should be a major concern for the faith communities.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 52, no 2, 454-466 p.
Adolescents, Faith communities, HIV prevention, Religion, Sexuality, Sub-Saharan Africa
Medical and Health Sciences
Research subject International Health
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-155280DOI: 10.1007/s10943-011-9491-7ISI: 000317625500010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-155280DiVA: diva2:424972