Author : Dalmacito A. Cordero, Jr.
Year: 2018, Volume 18 Number 1
The sexual morality of Filipino teenagers is in great decline based on the many cases of unwanted pregnancy, the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STD), liberality in sexual behaviors, and many other evident consequences. This is a very important concern for many families, school administrators, church authorities, and other involved institutions. With this unfortunate situation, it is easier to judge how our teens have immersed themselves in the river of sexual immorality. But the question is, do we really understand what led them to commit such an unacceptable act in this traditional Christian-dominated culture like ours? Have we scrutinized all the possible factors beginning from their childhood up to their current age which may have contributed to their sexual engagement? This case study will present the personal testimonies of teens/participants about the crisis that they have been through which are very much connected to their sexual debut. Their experiences will be analyzed by determining the recurrent themes and finding their connections to one another in order to identify the root causes of their early sexual engagement. Based from their experiences, future researchers can formulate frameworks that can address effectively this moral issue and enable teens to make a wise and responsible sexual decision not only for themselves but also for the future generations of teens to come.
Keywords: sexual engagement, culture, experiences, virtues, community