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Religions 2017, 8(5), 73; doi:10.3390/rel8050073

Sex, Abortion, Domestic Violence and Other Unmentionables: Orthodox Christian Youth in Kenya and Windows into Their Attitudes about Sex

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Faculty of Theology, St. Paul’s University, PO Private Bag, Limuru 00217, Kenya
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Makarios III Patriarchal Orthodox Seminary, Po Box 46119, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
Academic Editor: John A. Jillions
Received: 28 February 2017 / Revised: 2 April 2017 / Accepted: 2 April 2017 / Published: 27 April 2017
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This article is based on the results of a survey of Orthodox Youth in Kenya and their attitudes about sex, abortion and domestic violence. This survey was taken of the participants of an all-Kenya Orthodox youth conference held in western Kenya in August of 2016. The results give insight into the participants’ sources for first learning about sexual matters, as well as the sources that are preferred today. The youths’ perception of the Orthodox Church’s handling of sexual matters and sexual education is also revealed. Difficult moral issues facing Orthodox Kenyan youth are raised, such as premarital sex, domestic violence, the impact of HIV-AIDS on behavior, and responses to unintended pregnancy, with results providing insight as to how Orthodox youth are navigating the challenges facing them as they grow up into modern life both as Kenyans and as Orthodox Christians. After relating the story told by each set of survey results, conclusions are drawn from each of the issues addressed, with suggestions made as to a way forward, or further questions to pursue. View Full-Text
Keywords: Orthodox Church of Kenya; youth; sex; sources of information about sex; internet; pre-marital sex; domestic violence; HIV-AIDS; unintended pregnancy; abortion Orthodox Church of Kenya; youth; sex; sources of information about sex; internet; pre-marital sex; domestic violence; HIV-AIDS; unintended pregnancy; abortion
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Black, J.W. Sex, Abortion, Domestic Violence and Other Unmentionables: Orthodox Christian Youth in Kenya and Windows into Their Attitudes about Sex. Religions 2017, 8, 73.

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