The Inflfluence of Parental Communication About Sexual Health on Quality of Emerging Adult Romantic Relationships

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The Inflfluence of Parental Communication About Sexual Health on
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ABSTRACT

The research on relationships between parent-child communication about sexuality and sexual communication between adult partners is currently lacking. The current study aims to examine the influence of parent-child sexual communication on adult sexual communication when those children reach adulthood and engage in romantic
relationships. Parent-child sexual communication, attachment styles, sexual attitudes, and partner sexual communication were examined for influence on the physical and emotional relationship satisfaction of emerging adults. Study 1 included a quantitative analysis with 553 emerging adults participating in an online survey, and study 2
incorporated a qualitative analysis with an additional 7 emerging adults participating in online focus groups. Attachment styles were not found to influence parent-child communication or relationship satisfaction. Permissive sexual attitudes demonstrated a positive influence on relationship satisfaction, as did increased sexual communication
between partners. Increased partner sexual communication was associated with sexual relationships that included less emotional attachments. Both studies revealed a general lack of parent-child communication about sex, with the majority of participants reporting
minimal or no conversations about sexuality with their parents. Results from study 2 demonstrated a weak connection between parent-child sexual communication and partner sexual communication. Implications for parent-child communication about sexuality are discussed.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

ABSTRACT ………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ii
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ……………………………………………………………………………………. iv
DEDICATION …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. v
LIST OF TABLES ………………………………………………………………………………………………. ix
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS ……………………………………………………………………………….. xii
LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS ……………………………………………………………………………… xiii
CHAPTER I – Introduction …………………………………………………………………………………… 1
Literature Review……………………………………………………………………………………………… 3
Importance of Parental Relationships ………………………………………………………………. 3
Sexual Communication ………………………………………………………………………………….. 5
Sexual Attitudes ……………………………………………………………………………………………. 7
Attachment Styles …………………………………………………………………………………………. 9
Summary ……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 13
CHAPTER II – Study 1 Method …………………………………………………………………………… 18
Procedures ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 18
Participants …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 18
Measures ……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 22
Communication …………………………………………………………………………………………… 22
Attachment Styles ……………………………………………………………………………………….. 22

Revised Dyadic Adjustment Scale …………………………………………………………………. 23
Brief Sexual Attitudes Scale …………………………………………………………………………. 24
Inhibition of Need Expression ………………………………………………………………………. 25
Physical Satisfaction Scale …………………………………………………………………………… 25
CHAPTER III – Study 1 Results …………………………………………………………………………… 27
ANOVA ………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 28
Multiple Regressions ………………………………………………………………………………………. 30
CHAPTER IV – Study 2 Method …………………………………………………………………………. 45
Procedures ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 45
Thematic Analysis ………………………………………………………………………………………….. 45
Reliability and Validity ……………………………………………………………………………………. 47
CHAPTER V Study 2 Results …………………………………………………………………………….. 49
Lack of Sexual Communication with Parents ……………………………………………………… 49
Partner Sexual Communication and Satisfaction …………………………………………………. 51
Relationship Between Parental Sexual Communication and Partner Sexual
Communication ………………………………………………………………………………………………. 53
CHAPTER VI – Discussion…………………………………………………………………………………. 55
Limitations …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 60
Conclusion …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 61
APPENDIX A – Online Survey Used for Quantitative Data (Study 1) ………………………. 63

APPENDIX B Focus Group Questions Used for Qualitative Data (Study 2) …………….. 84
APPENDIX C Study 2: Focus Group 1 Transcription ……………………………………………. 87
APPENDIX D Study 2: Focus Group 2 Transcription ……………………………………………. 92
APPENDIX E Study 2: Focus Group 3 Transcription …………………………………………… 100
APPENDIX F – IRB Approval Letter …………………………………………………………………. 110
REFERENCES ………………………………………………………………………………………………… 111

Additional information

Author

Jaclyn Denise Powers

No of Chapters

6

No of Pages

133

Reference

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