There is a false assumption that Muslim youth do not engage in any form of pre-marital sex because they are somehow protected by their faith and religious practice. Research has discovered that this simply isn’t the case and it has become abundantly clear that family and mosque communities need to be more involved in creating protective factors in our community’s youth. This infographic touches on misconceptions of pre-marital sex, statistics on sex education, and what preventative measures can be taken to help support our youth.
The infographic above is derived from data found in the following detailed research papers:
Ahmed, S., Abu-Ras, W., Arfken, C. (2014). Prevalence of risk behaviors among U.S. Muslim college students. Journal of Muslim Mental Health, 8(1).
Ali-Faisal, S.F. (2014). Crossing sexual barriers: The influence of background factors and personal attitudes on sexual guilt and sexual anxiety among Canadian and American Muslim women and men. Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 5051.
Parkes, A., Henderson, M., Wight, D., & Nixon, C. (2011). Is parenting associated with teenagers’ early sexual risk-taking, autonomy and relationship with sexual partners?. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 43(1), 30-40.