Young Jewish adults sexual behaviors Peer, parental and surrounding influences

Arielle Terra Kowenski, The University of Texas School of Public Health


A qualitative study was conducted on young Jewish adults to determine cultural sexual health patterns with in the Jewish adolescent community. The young Jewish adults were recruited through Jewish social settings, such as Hillel Student Centers in Austin and Houston, Texas. Jewish was self-defined. A young adult, for this study, was defined as being between the ages of 18 and 23. Both female and males are needed in the study group. Individual interviews revealed 35 themes identifying the cultural, parental, peer, and surrounding factors that affect sexual behaviors during Jewish adolescence. Overall, this research demonstrates the need to further study and understand the culture and behaviors with in the Jewish community to then create a tailored intervention on healthy sexuality.

Subject Area

Behavioral psychology|Public health

Recommended Citation

Kowenski, Arielle Terra, "Young Jewish adults sexual behaviors Peer, parental and surrounding influences" (2012). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI1516192.