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ERIC Number: ED308419
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Oct
Pages: 21
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Relationship between Family Structure and Heterosexual Activity in College Aged Women.
Hutchison, Theresa; And Others
College-aged women (N=95) were surveyed to determine the effects of parental divorce on their heterosexual activity and on their attitudes and feelings concerning dating. The 67 participants from divorced families were grouped according to the subject's age when her parents were divorced: 6 years and younger, 7-12 years old, and 13-18 years old. The fourth group consisted of 28 participants from intact families. All participants completed a modified Demographic Survey, a dating attitudes checklist, either the Experience of Divorce Questionnaire or Family Life Questionnaire, depending on their family structure (divorced or intact), and the Heterosexual Activity Questionnaire, which was developed for this study. Analysis of the responses showed that parental divorce had a differential effect on when these women started to date, kiss, engage in sexual petting, and engage in sexual intercourse. The results revealed that, compared to girls from intact families, girls in all divorce groups had their first kiss and started dating at a younger age, and engaged in sexual petting and intercourse more frequently. No significant differences were found between the groups' mean number of dating partners, partners for sexual petting, or partners for sexual intercourse. Implications of the results are discussed, and suggestions for future research are offered. References are included, and results of the study are tabulated. (Author/TE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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