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RELIGION AND ADOLESCENT SEXUALITY. The Reverend Debra W. Haffner PowerPoint presentation by Gregory J. Haffner Tartaglione, age 10. “Sexuality is a result of the interplay of biological, psychological, socio-economic, cultural, ethical, and religious/spiritual factors.” PAHO 2000

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religion and adolescent sexuality


The Reverend Debra W. Haffner

PowerPoint presentation by Gregory J. Haffner Tartaglione, age 10

“Sexuality is a result of the interplay of biological, psychological, socio-economic, cultural, ethical, and religious/spiritual factors.” PAHO 2000
  • “The expression of sexuality is influenced by ethical, spiritual, cultural, and moral concerns” SIECUS
  • “A sexually healthy adult… assesses the impact of family, cultural, religious, media, and societal messages on one’s thoughts, feelings, values, and behaviors related to sexuality.”SIECUS
Religious tradition, Scripture,history, and experience CAN support our work on adolescent sexual health.
genesis 1 27
Genesis 1:27

“God created humankind in his image

In the image of god he created them

Male and Female he created them”

genesis 1 28
Genesis 1:28

“God blessed them and said to them: be fruitful and multiply”

genesis 2 18
Genesis 2:18
  • “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper as a partner.”
genesis 2 24 25
Genesis 2:24 - 25
  • “Therefore, a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked, and were not ashamed.”
roman catholicism
Roman Catholicism
  • “Sexuality affects all aspects of the human person in the unity of the body and the soul.”
  • Non-Exploitive
  • Honest
  • Mutually Pleasurable
  • Protected
catolicas por el derecho a decidir
Catolicas Por El Derecho A Decidir
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Columbia
  • Argentina
  • Peru
theological support for comprehensive sexuality education
Theological Support For Comprehensive Sexuality Education
  • Sexuality is a divinely bestowed blessing.
  • Rites of passage.
  • Adolescence: time of moral discernment & development of a freely informed conscience
  • Inclusive commitment to all people
  • Truth-telling
roman catholicism adolescent sexuality
Roman Catholicism & Adolescent Sexuality
  • Supports sex education in parishes and schools
  • Emphasis on love, mutuality, co-creation
  • Preparing young people for marriage
  • Development of a moral conscience
  • Liberation theology: Good News for the poor
religious teens less likely to engage in risk taking
Religious Teens Less Likely to Engage in Risk Taking
  • 31% of faith-involved 17 year olds have sexual intercourse vs 61% in US
  • 80% more likely to use a condom
  • 50% more likely to wait to have intercourse
  • 92% morals and values should play a major role
  • Less likely to use alcohol and other drugs
religious teens most likely to delay intercourse
Religious Teens Most Likely To Delay Intercourse
  • Attend one or more times a week
  • Pray daily.
  • Influenced by religious teachings
  • Strong connection with congregation
  • Adults portray sexuality in a healthy manner
  • Congregation encourages abstinence
highly religious teens substitute non coital behaviors
Highly Religious Teens Substitute Non-Coital Behaviors
  • ORAL SEX: 29% males, 26% females
  • FONDLING: 70%
  • MASTURBATION: 89% males, 71% females
  • KISSING: Universal
  • ORIENTATION: 14% boys, 11% girls homosexual, bisexual, or questioning
  • Personal Hurts
  • History of Negative experiences
  • Religio-phobia
  • Belief religious Voices monolithic
  • Real Value conflicts
  • Training: Clergy, Youth Ministers, RE
  • Church-based sexuality education
  • Preaching on sexuality issues
  • Joint programming
  • Religious leadership involved in national programs
  • Country specific adaptations of Religious Declaration
  • Counseling to Address Religious Influences
  • Reciprocal Referral Networks
religious institute on sexual morality justice and healing
Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing

304 Main Avenue, # 335

Norwalk, CT, 06851 USA

[email protected]