Attitudes to extra-marital sex

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Extra-marital sex has historically been considered a serious offense in many cultures. In some countries adultery is illegal today, with punishments ranging from fines to the death penalty. In Australia, although extra-marital sex is not a legal matter, it is still an important moral issue. What do Australian church attenders think about extra-marital sex?. Although the vast majority of every age group thought that extra-marital sex is always wrong, some differences can be observed. The 20-29 year old group had the highest proportion of attenders thinking extra-marital sex is always wrong (97%). The 60-69 year old group had the lowest proportion holding this view (84%), and the highest thinking it is almost always wrong (12%).


Authors: Miriam Pepper, Ruth Powell, Nicole Hancock


Hancock, N., Pepper, M., & Powell, R. (2014). Attitudes to extra-marital sex, NCLS Research Fact Sheet 14014. Sydney: NCLS Research.