Student perceptions of parent-adolescent closeness and communication about sexuality : relations with sexual knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors

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dc.contributor.advisor Paulson, Sharon E. en_US
dc.contributor.author Sputa, Cheryl L. en_US
dc.coverage.spatial n-us--- en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:31:26Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:31:26Z
dc.date.created 1997 en_US
dc.date.issued 1997
dc.identifier LD2489.Z68 1997 .S68 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/181058
dc.description.abstract Both educators and parents are concerned with how best to shape sexual development because of the myriad personal and social complications that can occur for adolescents along with becoming sexually active. Many variables have been shown individually to influence sexuality. Of specific interest in this study was parent-adolescent closeness and communication about sexuality. Past research has found parental communication about sexuality and parent-adolescent closeness individually to have a positive impact on adolescent sexuality. However, other studies have found no relation between parent-adolescent communication about sexuality and sexual outcomes. Still others have suggested that the combination of the two variables may have the most significant influence on adolescent sexuality. The main goal of this study was to see if a combination of parent-adolescent closeness and parental communication about sexuality was more strongly related to adolescent sexual knowledge, attidudes, and behaviors than either communication or closeness alone. Participants were 157 boys and girls in the ninth through twelfth grades from two suburban high schools in the midwest: Questionnaire measures of adolescents' perceptions were used. Canonical correlation analyses revealed two significant combinations of variables. First, age and maternal and paternal communication were significantly related to sexual behavior and sexual knowledge. Specifically, younger age and less maternal and paternal communication were related to less sexual behavior and less sexual knowledge. Second, gender, age, and maternal communication were significantly related to less sexual knowledge and more conservative sexual attitudes. Specifically, being younger and female and receiving less maternal communication was related to less sexual knowledge and more conservative attitudes. Four important findings are evident in these results. Implications for interpretation and future research are discussed. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Educational Psychology
dc.format.extent ii, 106 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh High school students -- United States -- Sexual behavior. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Parent and teenager -- United States. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh High school students -- Family relationships -- United States. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Sex instruction for teenagers -- United States. en_US
dc.title Student perceptions of parent-adolescent closeness and communication about sexuality : relations with sexual knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (Ph. D.) en_US
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1063211 en_US


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