Sexual Comfort and Experiences: Exploring a Christian Population
The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between comfort with sexuality and the range of sexual experiences within a Christian population. Data were retrieved from an evangelical seminary with only graduate level students. In the current study, basic demographics along with the Multidimensional Measure of Comfort with Sexuality Short Form (MMCS1-S; Tromovitch, 2000), Cowart-Pollack Scale of Sexual Experience (Cowart-Steckler & Pollack, 1979), and Religious Commitment Inventory (RCI-10; Worthington et al., 2003) were used in the analysis. Previous research has suggested that religious commitment does not solely predict sexual experiences (Sherman, 2014). Based on this research the following hypotheses were proposed: (a) comfort with sexuality will be positively correlated with sexual experiences with a moderating effect of religious commitment and (b) comfort with sexuality will be positively correlated with sexual experiences with a moderating effect of relationship status. Results indicated no moderating effect of religious commitment. However, there was a significant moderating effect for relationship status. Implications, further research, and a call for religious sexual education are discussed.
Simpson, Stephen W.
Sex, Sexual ethics, Christian sociology, Sexual behavior, Pornography
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