ERIC Number: ED248441
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Dimensions Underlying Student Perceptions of Religion, Sex, and Alcohol: Male and Female Differences. Research Report No. 5-83.
Patterson, Aldrich M., Jr.; Sedlacek, William E.
Identifying the variables which influence student attitudes, perceptions, and behavior patterns in regard to religion, sex, and alcohol has been a major source of investigation. To determine the dimensions underlying the relationship among religion, sex, alcohol use, and alcohol knowledge among university students, 376 University of Maryland students (52% males, 48% females) completed an anonymous questionnaire on the subject. Principal components factor analyses identified eight factors which represented the ways students organized their perceptions of the areas studied. The factors were: personal sexual code, dogmatism, dualism, religiosity, alcohol information, alcohol consumption and sex, alcoholism, parental drinking behavior, and conservatism. An analysis of the results showed that men and women differed on three factors (personal sexual code, dogmatism, and alcohol information). While women were less likely than men to be dualistic or dogmatic in their approach to religion, sex, or alcohol, they were also more likely to support a double standard, feeling that sexual intimacy for women should be based on love, but accepting that men base sex on mutual attraction. Additionally, women did not see a link between sexual satisfaction and alcohol consumption as men did. Women also were less likely to feel that virginity is strange or that homosexuals need help. These results suggest that men may feel different pressures to adjust to their sexuality. Thus, programming which is unique to the problems and adjustment of each sex may be more beneficial. (BL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Support Staff; Researchers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Counseling Center.