Religious views decrease teens' likelihood of having sex. Teens, particularly girls, with strong religious views, are less likely to have sex than are less religious teens. This is due largely to their religious beliefs leading them to view the consequences of having sex negatively. According to a recent analysis of the NICHD-funded Add Health Survey, religion reduces the likelihood of adolescents engaging in early sex by shaping their attitudes and beliefs about sexual activity. For more information on this study, visit the web site at http://www.cpc.unc.edu/addhealth.New Findings Show Parents’ Religious Attendance and Family Religious Activities Are Key Influences on Teens' Sexual Activity and Contraception
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy recommends nine tips to help faith leaders and their communities address teen pregnancy:One: Address the need teens have for spiritual fulfillment and help them find answers to the many challenging problems they face.
Eight: Celebrate achievement and excellence.
Nine: Reach out to other faith communities, neighborhood organizations, and institutions that work with young people.
The National Campaign To Prevent Teen Pregnancy: With One Voice 2007, America's Adults and Teens Sound Off About Teen Pregnancy, An Annual National Survey by Bill Albert, February 2007