College - Author 1

College of Liberal Arts

Department - Author 1

Communication Studies Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BA in Communication Studies



Primary Advisor

Leslie Nelson, College of Liberal Arts, Communication Studies Department


The goal of this paper was to examine the impact of college students’ religious background on their sexual attitudes. Grounded in the Narrative Paradigm (Fisher, 1984), qualitative interviews were conducted to allow participants to share their experiences. Thematic analysis of the data (Braun & Clarke, 2006) was conducted to uncover the themes that animated their narratives. The themes that emerged were a) conceptualization of sex, b) exploration of sexuality and dating, and c) negotiation of religious identity and beliefs. Findings were consistent with and corroborated past research regarding sexual socialization and religious dualities. Study limitations and directions for further research are addressed.