Mormon Quotes

Statistics

Peggy Fletcher Stack
Fifty‑eight percent of Mormon women admit to having sexual intercourse before marriage.
Peggy Fletcher Stack, Salt Lake Tribune, August 9, 1991
Peggy Fletcher Stack
Fourteen percent of LDS teens say they have smoked a cigarette in the last month.
Peggy Fletcher Stack, Salt Lake Tribune, August 9, 1991
Peggy Fletcher Stack
Fewer than 70 percent of Mormon marriages are intact after 10 years ‑ the lowest percentage among whites citing religious affiliation.
Peggy Fletcher Stack, Salt Lake Tribune, August 9, 1991
Tim B. Heaton
These trends coupled with some reluctance to discuss sexual issues openly could lead to an increasing discrepancy between official codes of conduct and actual behavior.
Tim B. Heaton, Salt Lake Tribune, August 9, 1991
Tim B. Heaton
The number of LDS marriages intact after 10 years is significant. Most people assume the reason is because Mormons marry young or have too high expectations. However, those Mormons who marry at an older age ‑ defined as any time after 23 ‑ are much more likely to divorce. There is a great deal of pressure on "older" Mormon singles to marry and they might not make good choices.
Tim B. Heaton, Salt Lake Tribune, August 9, 1991
Tim B. Heaton
Seven percent of Mormon women give birth before marriage.
Tim B. Heaton, Salt Lake Tribune, August 9, 1991
Tim B. Heaton
More Mormon women are married than the national average, 69 percent to 52 percent, respectively.
Tim B. Heaton, Salt Lake Tribune, August 9, 1991
Tim B. Heaton
The median age of LDS women at the time of marriage is 20.6 years, younger than all other groups except Baptists and fundamentalist Protestants.
Tim B. Heaton, Salt Lake Tribune, August 9, 1991
Stephen Bahr
Mormon teens have a lower incidence of alcohol, tobacco and marijuana use when compared with other religious teens. But Mormons are similar to all the other religious traditions in their use of amphetamines and cocaine.
Stephen Bahr, Salt Lake Tribune, August 9, 1991
Los Angeles Times
Antidepressant drugs are prescribed in Utah more often than in any other state, at a rate nearly twice the national average. ... Other states with high antidepressant use were Maine and Oregon. Utah's rate of antidepressant use was twice the rate of California and nearly three times the rates in New York and New Jersey, the study showed.
Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times, Feb. 20, 2002, "Study Finds Utah Leads Nation in Antidepressant Use," by Julie Cart
Los Angeles Times
According to statistics from the National Institute of Mental Health, about twice as many women as men suffer from depressive disorders.
Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times, Feb. 20, 2002, "Study Finds Utah Leads Nation in Antidepressant Use," by Julie Cart
Los Angeles Times
Discussion of the issue inevitably falls along Utah's traditional fault lines. Some suggest that Utah's unique Mormon culture‑‑70% of the state's population belongs to the church‑‑requires perfection and the public presentation of a happy face, whatever may be happening privately. The argument goes that women in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter‑day Saints are beset by particular pressures and are not encouraged to acknowledge their struggles.
Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times, Feb. 20, 2002, "Study Finds Utah Leads Nation in Antidepressant Use," by Julie Cart
Julie Cart
Doctors here have for years talked about the widespread use of antidepressants in the state. But there was no hard evidence until a national study that tracked drug prescriptions came to an unexpected conclusion: Antidepressant drugs are prescribed in Utah more often than in any other state, at a rate nearly twice the national average.
Julie Cart, New York Times, February 20, 2002
Mark A. Taylor
While the number of teen suicides in America has tripled in the past decade, Utah has consistently been 3.5% higher than the national average.
Mark A. Taylor, Affirmation: Sin & Death in Mormon Country: A Latter‑day Tragedy
Mark A. Taylor
According to that state's Department of Vital Statistics, it ranks 13th nationally in child abuse, but comparing Utah statistics with those compiled by the National Association for the Protection of Children, the incidence of reported child abuse is six times higher in Utah. The incidence of sexual abuse — including rape, incest and intercourse — is 33% more than the national average, and the child‑murder rate is five times higher.
Mark A. Taylor, Affirmation: Sin & Death in Mormon Country: A Latter‑day Tragedy
Mark A. Taylor
Utah has the highest birthrate and the largest families in America. More than 50% of all births are by teenage mothers, with seven of ten out of wedlock, and it has one of the highest divorce rates in the nation.
Mark A. Taylor, Affirmation: Sin & Death in Mormon Country: A Latter‑day Tragedy
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