Subjective Religiosity and Organized Religiosity as a Predictor of Sexual Affect among African Americans
Grant, Janelle B.
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Historically, religiosity and attendance at a church with a majority African American or Black population was of practical value for African Americans, these branches extended to sexual health and include delayed sexual intercourse and higher instances of using contraceptives. Religiosity is a known beneficial tool and religiosity can be utilized as a way to strengthen sexual health in the African American population. Overall, however, public sexual discourses show African Americans as “at risk” regarding sexual health, which can make an African American individual feel ashamed of their sexual experiences. The current study aimed to understand how subjective religiosity and organized religiosity influenced African Americans to experience a positive, negative, or shameful sexual affect. The goal was to create a “strength based” sexual outlook rather than an “at risk” sexual outlook in the African American community. The hypothesis that higher levels of subjective religiosity, meaning a personal form of religion and not just physical attendance at a religious institution, would be positively correlated with a positive sexual affect among our sample of African Americans was supported (N = 725, r = .11, p = .02). Through regression analysis, subjective religiosity was more influential in predicting sexual affect than organized religious involvement. The implications show that to gain support for sexual decisions and behaviors, African American individuals will pick and choose what principles remain beneficial and applicable from religious teachings and utilize them to form their own subjective religiosity that supports their sexual experiences.