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Abstract

Pre-marital sex before marriage in adolescents is a severe problem associated with increased transmission of sexually transmitted diseases, having more than one partner, and early pregnancy. Even though Indonesia is considered a society with high religious values, free-sex behavior is considered increasingly concerning. This study investigates the relationship between religiosity and attitudes toward pre-marital sexual behavior with pre-marital sexual behavior in adolescents. Respondents of this study were 200 adolescents aged 10-19 years old, selected through a purposive sampling technique, with criteria: have religion, not married, and currently dating. Data were analyzed using a linear regression method. The results showed that pre-marital sexual attitude fully mediates the effect between religiosity and pre-marital sexual behavior. The present study findings contribute to pre-marital sexual research by explaining that religiosity does not decrease pre-marital sexual behavior if the person is permissive or has a supportive attitude towards it. With this outcome, it is expected that the relevant parties will focus more on changing adolescents’ thoughts, attitudes, and perspectives regarding pre-marital sexual behavior and not only rely on religious teachings as the only framework for preventing pre-marital sexual behavior

Keywords

adolescence pre-marital sexual attitude pre-marital sexual behavior religiosity

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Author Biographies

Mira Sekar Arumi, Department of Psychology, Universitas Bhayangkara Jakarta Raya, The Special Capital Region of Jakarta, Indonesia

Mira Sekar Arumi has been a lecturer at Universitas Bhayangkara Jakarta Raya, Jakarta, since 2015. She did her Magister Profession in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, University of Indonesia. Currently, she is also pursuing a Doctoral degree in Psychology at Padjadjaran University. Her research area includes religiosity, ethical intention, organizational culture, and other social psychology subject matters. She can be contacted at mira.sekar@dsn.ubharajaya.ac.id.

Nova Faradilla, Department of Psychology, Universitas Bhayangkara Jakarta Raya, The Special Capital Region of Jakarta, Indonesia

Nova Faradilla started her education as a student at Universitas Bhayangkara Jakarta Raya in 2015. She graduated in 2022 and now she actively teaches at an inclusive school in Bekasi. She can be contacted at faradillanova7@gmail.com.

How to Cite
Sekar Arumi, M., & Faradilla, N. (2023). Adolescent religiosity and pre-marital sexual behavior: The mediating role of pre-marital sexual attitude. INSPIRA: Indonesian Journal of Psychological Research, 4(1), 54-61. https://doi.org/10.32505/inspira.v4i1.5877

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