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ERIC Number: ED330972
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 30
Abstractor: N/A
Factors Influencing the Effects of Parental Marital Status on Adolescent Sexual Activity.
Renninger, Gretchen; Chambliss, Catherine
Many studies have been done pertaining to the effects of parental divorce on children. Recently, studies have shown that parental marital status has an effect on adolescents' sexual activity. Specifically, children of divorced parents have been found to be younger at first coitus than children of married parents. This study attempted to replicate these findings, as well as investigate possible factors that might be associated with the earlier sexual activity of adolescents of divorced parents. Eighty- nine high school students from a small Eastern Pennsylvania school were administered a 38-question survey. The questions concerned each subject's parents' marital status and the subject's sexual activity. In addition, questions investigated the possibility that anger, lack of parental supervision, and parental endorsement of sexuality are associated with the earlier sexuality of children of divorced parents. It was hypothesized that children of divorced parents would be sexually active earlier than children of married parents and that greater anger, lack of supervision, and parental endorsement of sexuality would be associated with this earlier sexual activity. The results did not support the hypothesis. Children whose parents were separated or divorced were not found to be more likely to have had intercourse or show higher levels of overall sexual activity. Their age at first experience of intercourse was not significantly different from that of children whose parents' marriage was intact. The results of this study also failed to support the hypothesis that anger, lack of supervision, and parental endorsement of sexuality are associated with earlier sexual activity of children with divorced parents. (Author/LLL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A