ERIC Number: ED284079
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Mar-27
Reference Count: 0
Family Relationships and Parent-Child Discussion about Sex.
Fisher, Terri D.
Research has shown that parents may influence the sexual attitudes and behaviors of their late adolescent children. Family sexual communication and the quality of general family communication are two variables that seem to be related to aspects of adolescent sexuality. To examine this issue, college students (N=95) and their parents were administered the Attitudes Toward Sexuality Scale, the Parent-Adolescent Communication Scale, and questions about sexual activity and contraceptive use. Parent-child communication about sex was measured by having subjects indicate the extent to which nine sexual topics had been discussed in the family. Findings showed that for female subjects, there was a relationship between parent-child communication about sex and similarity in sexual attitudes of mothers and daughters. For males in the high communication groups, there was a similarity between their attitudes and those of both their mothers and their fathers. The quality of family communication in general was not significantly related to parent-child communication about sex. The results support the view that parents of late adolescents are still capable of exerting influence over their children in the area of sexuality. Whether this influence comes from direct communication about sexuality, or from the quality of the parent-child relationship in general seems to depend on whether similarity in sexual attitudes or sexual behavior is being measured. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association (33rd, Atlanta, GA, March 25-28, 1987). For related document, see CG 020 012.