ERIC Number: ED339954
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jul-22
Sexual Attitudes of College Students.
Etchison, Marilyn G.
This study investigated the sexual attitudes of college students at a western Kansas university. The independent variables employed were gender, family structure, family sex communication, age, and classification. The dependent variables were the following subscales of sexual attitudes: permissiveness, sex practices, communion, and instrumentality. Five composite null hypotheses were tested using three-way analysis of variance. The five hypotheses generated 70 comparisons and 70 recurring comparisons. Of the 70 comparisons tested, 10 were statistically significant. Of these, 5 were for main effects, and 5 were for interactions. The results of the study support the following generalizations: (1) males have a more permissive attitude toward sex than females; (2) females have a more accepting attitude toward sex practices than males; (3) older students are more accepting of sex practices than young students; (4) students with a high level of family sex communication are more instrumental than students with low or medium levels of family sex communication; and (5) students from two-parent and one-parent homes are more permissive than students from blended families. The following interactions were also significant: age and family sex communication for instrumentality; age and family structure for instrumentality; family structure and classification for communion; gender and classification for instrumentality; and gender and family structure for instrumentality. It was recommended that the study be replicated, with: a larger random sample of college students in various geographical areas; adults not in college; students still living at home; longitudinal data; and the use of the BEM Sex Role Inventory. (Author/LLL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M.S. Thesis, Fort Hays State University.