Award Date

5-1-2016

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Marriage and Family Therapy

First Committee Member

Katherine Hertlein

Second Committee Member

Stephen Fife

Third Committee Member

Marta Meana

Fourth Committee Member

Carissa D'aniello

Number of Pages

104

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine if variance for individuals’ sexual satisfaction as well as attitudes toward sexual instrumentality, sexual permissiveness, sexual communion and attitudes could be predicted by family sexual communication during adolescence as well as various demographic factors such as age, years together, gender, race, income level, religion, religiosity and sexual orientation. This was done by recruiting 250 people via Mechanical Turk (www.mturk.com) and through undergraduate courses at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. The researcher used an enter-method multiple regression model and Kendall’s Tau for non-parametric data. The results of this study show that sexual satisfaction and sexual instrumentality cannot be predicted by these variables, however variance in sexual permissiveness, sexual communion and birth control attitudes could be predicted to varying degrees by the independent variables. The author then discusses the implications of these results and clinical applications as well as opportunities for future research.

Keywords

Family Studies; Parent-Child Relationships; Sex Education; Sexual Attitudes; Sexual Satisfaction; Systems Theory

Disciplines

Mental and Social Health | Psychology | Social Psychology

Language

English


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