Definition[ edit ] Until the s,  "premarital sex" referred to sexual relations between two people prior to marrying each other. The term was used instead of fornication , which had negative connotations,  and was closely related to the concept and approval of virginity , which is sexual abstinence until marriage. The meaning has since shifted to refer to any sexual relations a person has prior to marriage and removing the emphasis on the relationship of the people involved. It is not clear whether sex between individuals legally forbidden from marrying or the sexual relations of one uninterested in marrying would be considered premarital. These terms also suffer from a degree of ambiguity, as the definition of having sex differs from person to person. In a study conducted in the United States, 61 percent of men and 12 percent of women born prior to admitted to having premarital sex; this gender disparity may have been caused by cultural double standards regarding the admission of sexual activity or by men frequenting prostitutes.
Risk Factors for Premarital Sex | Focus on the Family
Preparing for Marriage Teenagers who feel incomplete, inadequate and unappreciated are more likely to seek comfort in a sexual relationship. But those with a life rich in relationships, family traditions, activities, interests and — most of all — consistent love and affirmation are less likely to embark on a desperate search for fulfillment that could lead to unwise sexual decisions. Those who have a healthy, productive faith in God are more likely to have deeply rooted reasons to respect and preserve the gift of sex and to respect rather than exploit others. Be aware of these specific risk factors for teen sex: Alcohol and drug use. Aside from reflecting problem attitudes rebellion, poor self-concept, invulnerability that make sex more likely, intoxication also clouds judgment and weakens resistance to sexual overtures. A steady boyfriend or girlfriend.
This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. This article has been cited by other articles in PMC. Abstract Background: The pre-marital sex and live-in relationship among young people are increasing at an alarming rate.
Abstract Background: Family is an important environment that is associated with a range of social and emotional behaviors of children. Materials and Methods: Twenty-six single males and females of years who were living in Isfahan participated in this qualitative research study. The participants had begun to have some form of sexual activities.