I want to take a lead from Hawgrrrl, who recently posted on the value of Sex Education in trying to reduce the rate of unwanted pregnancies and instil values of chastity in young people, but approach it from a different avenue. I recently attended a seminar which presented results from an investigation into the relationship between self-esteem and sexual activity for people in their teens. Her results showed that having high self-esteem (perhaps to the point of being arrogant) actually serves a protective function against having sexual activity. Simply stated: having high self-esteem means that you are more likely to have sex later in life. However the results are not quite that simple.
The results run like this:
- High Self-Esteem = Having sex later in life
- High Self-Esteem =Increased Promiscuity – This means that they will be less likely to have sex, but when they do they are more likely to have sex with a variety of partners. Although on average, higher self-esteem does have a protective effect (i.e. it lowers the numbers of sexual partners).
- Higher Self-Esteem = Increased chance of using a condom. Although for the highest levels of self-esteem this actuall drops slightly.
- High Self-Esteem = Means they are more likely to use a form of Birth Control.
What this indicates is that if the Church wants to decrease the number of young people having sex at a young age then they need to emphasise building self-esteem. However, this raises other issues around how the Church might do this and whether other problems might arise from having young people with high self-esteem.
So what do you think?
Does this sound plausible?
Is it useful?
How would the Church go about increasing self-esteem in the youth?