Religious Commitment, Comfort With Sexuality, and Sexual Dysfunctional Beliefs
Religiosity impacts religious practice as well as feelings and beliefs about sexuality. In this study, religious practice refers to one’s level of commitment to his or her religion. Feelings about sexuality, such as contentment or shame, are synonymous with one’s comfort with sexuality. The effect of religious commitment on comfort with sexuality among Evangelical Christian men and women was examined. Data was drawn from a survey conducted within an Evangelical Christian graduate institution (N = 675). Additionally, the relationship between religious commitment and sexual beliefs that are dysfunctional was examined. Sexual beliefs that are dysfunctional, or the sexual dysfunctional beliefs construct, were predicted to mediate the relationship between religious commitment and comfort with sexuality. Findings suggest that there is no correlation between religious commitment and comfort with sexuality among males and females. The results of the analysis using the mediation model are discussed.
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)
Simpson, Stephen W.
Sex, Sexual ethics