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ERIC Number: EJ912327
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0012-1649
A Longitudinal Study of Conversations with Parents about Sex and Dating during College
Morgan, Elizabeth M.; Thorne, Avril; Zurbriggen, Eileen L.
Developmental Psychology, v46 n1 p139-150 Jan 2010
Emerging adulthood is a time of sexual and romantic relationship development as well as change in the parent-child relationship. This study provides a longitudinal analysis of 30 young adults' (17 women, 13 men) sexual experiences, attitudes about sexuality and dating, and reported conversations with parents about sexuality and dating from the 1st and 4th years of college. Self-report questionnaires revealed increases in general closeness with parents, increases in sexual and dating experiences, and more sexually permissive as well as more gender stereotyped attitudes. Qualitative analyses of individual interviews indicated a movement from unilateral and restrictive sex-based topics to more reciprocal and relationship-focused conversations over time. Gender analyses revealed that young women reported more restrictive sex messages and young men more positive sex messages. Participants also described increased openness and comfort in talking about sexual topics with both mothers and fathers from the 1st to 4th year of college. Overall, the results suggest that prior findings of increased mutuality with parents during the college years extend to the traditionally taboo topic of sexuality. (Contains 3 footnotes and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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