ERIC Number: ED303710
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Nov-12
Reference Count: 0
Characteristics of Parents Who Talk to Their Adolescent Children about Sexuality.
Fisher, Terri D.
While open family communication about sexuality is generally considered beneficial, little research has examined characteristics of parents who talk to their children about sexuality. This study attempted to identify variables related to family discussions of sexuality in 290 college students and their parents. Both parents participated in 206 cases, although only 174 fathers and 175 mothers completed all scales used in the analysis. Parents and students completed similar measures of general sexual attitudes, erotophobia-erotophilia, social desirability, openness and problems in general family communication, sexual knowledge, sexual communication, intensity of religious beliefs, and demographic variables. Parents also indicated how much their own parents talked to them about each of nine sexual topics. Responses from families in which both parents participated revealed that, while openness in general family communication and previous sexual discussions with one's mother were related to communication about sex with one's own child for both parents, educational level and general sexual attitudes were related to sexual communication for fathers only. Sex of the child was related to level of sexual discussion for mothers only. Although fathers generally reported talking less to their children about sexuality than did mothers, fathers did not appear to selectively talk to sons only. Mothers were generally reponsible for discussing sexually-related topics with both sons and daughters, although mothers reported higher levels of discussion with daughters. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sex (31st, San Francisco, CA, November 10-13, 1988).