The purpose of this study was to examine factors that could influence young adult premarital sexual activity. The factors included: gender, ethnicity, academic standing, and religiosity. The literature pointed out many factors that can affect someone in his or her adolescence but little was found about young adults. For this study the researcher investigated young adults in college, but more specifically young adults enrolled at an Adventist university. A non-experimental deceptive using survey methodology was used for this study. The evidence found that the factors described above did not have an impact on premarital sex. The sample consisted of 55 participants; this small sample could have had an impact on the results. Future research should include a larger sample size with more diversity; also other Adventist universities could be examined to compare results.
Keywords: sex, premarital, marriage, young adults, religiosity, sexuality, pregnancy, rape, and adolescents