Perceived parental sexual conservatism, religiosity, and premarital sexual behavior

Graham B. Spanier

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The assumption that parental influence in the sexual socialization process is likely to affect premarital sexual behavior is challenged in this article. The hypothesis that individuals brought up in sexually conservative homes will have less premarital heterosexual involvement than those from liberal home environments is tested in a secondary analysis of cross-sectional survey interview data from a national probability sample of 1177 American college students. Correlational and contingency table analysis using indices to measure perceived Parental Sexual Conservatism and Premarital Socio-sexual Involvement suggests that parents may be less influential in the sexual socialization process than has been generally assumed. Previous findings demonstrating the relationship between religiosity and premarital sexual permissiveness are examined in light of the study's results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)285-298
Number of pages14
JournalSociological Focus
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1976

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


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