Religion and sex in a university sample

Data bearing on mol's hypothesis

J. Martin*, Mary Westbrook

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Mol's hypothesis concerning the incompatibility of simultaneous “commitment” to sex and religion was tested on 177 students who answered questions relating to their sexual attitudes and behaviour, religious belief and church attendance. A filtering procedure was developed to estimate the tendency to lie in such questionnaires and to exclude suspect responses from the final analysis. Mol's hypothesis was not supported. Religious people tend to be as active sexually as non‐religious, but are more likely to confine themselves to conduct endorsed by religious norms. 1973 Australian Psychological Society

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-79
Number of pages9
JournalAustralian Journal of Psychology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1973

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