HomeAsia-Pacific Social Science Reviewvol. 17 no. 1 (2017)

A Community-Based Sexual Ethics for Teens: Addressing Premarital Sex Using a Sociotheological Approach

Dalmacito A. Cordero Jr



Premarital sex (PMS) is a worldwide issue that calls for a holistic treatment instead of looking at it exclusively as an immoral and sinful act based from the traditional Catholic teaching. The perspectives of cultural, sociological, philosophical, and progressive Catholic are essentially considered for its moral evaluation. As a result, a multifaceted approach called sociotheological is used to take into consideration these different aspects from the teens’ worldview. This research highlights the voices of teens regarding sexuality in general and compared them to the different perspectives that resulted to the crafting of a sexual ethic that is relevant and appropriate for them. Thus, the formation of a moral community that is characterized by virtues of kabutihang-loob, freedom, temperance, prudence, and malikhaing pagtitis or creative patience serves as an antidote against the idespread of this sexual practice.