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Perceived parental attitudes of Turkish college students towards dating and premarital sexual behaviors : the role of students' gender & parental marital status

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2005
Şahin, Başak
The aim of this study is to measure the perceived parental attitudes of Turkish college students towards dating and premarital sexual behavior and to examine how these attitudes differ with respect to gender of the students and parental marital status. The participants of the present study were 160 college students. Participants were asked to fill out a questionnaire, with two scales, which were measuring perceived parental attitudes toward dating behavior and perceived parental attitudes toward premarital sexual behavior. Results indicated that, both gender of students and parental divorce affect students̕ perceived parental attitudes toward premarital sexual behavior; with the use of Wilk̕s criterion, both of the DVs were significantly affected both by gender F(2,155) = 14.85, p < .01 and parental divorce F(2,155) = 23.42, p < .01, and by their interaction F(2,155)= 10.84, p<.01. There was a significant gender difference about perceived parental attitudes toward premarital sexual behavior; male students perceived their parents̕ attitudes as more permissive toward premarital sexual behavior, but female students perceived their parents̕ attitudes as less permissive toward premarital sexual behavior. However, in terms of parental attitudes toward dating, there was no significant difference due to gender. There was also a significant difference in perceived parental attitudes in terms of parental marital status with respect to dating and premarital sexual behavior. Children of divorced parents perceived their parents̕ attitudes in a more permissive way, however children whose parents are still married perceived their parents̕ attitudes as less permissive, toward both dating and premarital sexual behaviors. The interaction of gender and parental marital status were both significant due to perceived parental attitudes toward dating behavior F(1,155)= 12.41, p<.01 and due