The overwhelming majority of Americans represent the Judeo-Christian heritage, but that statement is potentially misleading. To a considerable degree, the choice of religious denomination is directly related to the ethnic patterns previously described.
D., 4310 Cleveland Lane, Rockaway, NJ 07866-5811 USA; [email protected] Certainly, no American president has ever been subjected to as much speculation about extramarital sex while still in office.
The two most traumatic experiences in the nations history were the Civil War (1861-1865) and the Great Depression of the 1930s. The economy has been marked by steady growth, low unemployment and inflation, and rapid advances in technology. WEIS In one sense, great diversity is virtually guaranteed by the sheer size of the United States. A majority, about 190 million are white descendants of immigrants from the European continent, with sizable groups from Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Germany, and Poland. More recently, there has been an increase from such nations as India, Vietnam, Korea, the Philippines, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Pakistan. Overall, 15% of Americans30% of the poorare without health insurance.
In recent decades, as immigration from Asia has increased, there has been a corresponding growth in the Muslim and Hindu faiths. Throughout the history of this nation, diversity of religious beliefs and the separation of church and state have been central elements in conflicts over sexual morality.
In addition, there is a relatively small percentage of Americans who are Jewish and range from ultra-orthodox to conservative, reformed, and liberal. These trends include: the declining attendance at the traditional Protestant and Catholic churches in what has been labeled the growing secularization of American culture; the religious revivalism reflected by the growth of fundamentalist churches; the growth of religious cults (e.g., Hare Krishna and the Unification Church); the growing power of the conservative Christian Coalition; and the emergence of the Electronic Church (religious broadcasting) (Marciano 1987).
D., Health and Physical Education Department, Fashion Institute of Technology of the State University of New York, 27th Street and 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10001 USA; 212-217-4240; [email protected] The unique feature of sexuality in the United States is that we have far more information and data on American sexual attitudes, values, and behaviors than is available for any other country. Stories about Clintons sexual experiences with a number of women routinely surfaced throughout his presidential term.
D., Bowling Green State University, Family and Consumer Science, Bowling Green, OH 43403-0001 USA; weis @ edu. D., Pennsylvania State University, 304 East Henderson Bldg., University Park, PA 16802 USA; p34 @ **In addition to the above sexologists who authored specific sections of this chapter, the authors and general editor are grateful to other colleagues who served as special consultants: Mark O. Several trends related to the practice of religion in the U. The subcultures and peoples of the United States are as varied, diverse, and complex as any other large nation. through much of 1998 concerned the alleged extramarital sexual practices of President Bill Clinton.