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The purpose of this study was to examine the beliefs, attitudes, and opinions of single, custodial parents toward sexual behavior and whether these beliefs, attitudes, and opinions are affected by their roles as single parents. Data for this study were collected by use of the questionnaire survey method. The sample consisted of 103 single, custodial parents receiving services for at least one minor child from a non-profit social service agency. An item analysis was performed on the data collected from the nine-item questionnaire, Sexual Attitudes of Single Parents, relating demographic information and specific attitudes regarding sexual activity. Because of the limited sample and untested instrument, results were not significant. The study did indicate that most of the respondents (89 percent) believe that it is acceptable for single parents to have sexual activity. A majority of the respondents (60 percent) also believe it is important that children approve of their parent's sexual partner(s). Likewise, 60 percent believe it is acceptable for single parents to live with sexual partners. Less conclusive results were found on the other statements: single parents keeping sexual activity secret from their children; sexual partners of single parents staying overnight when children are home; and children limiting single parent sexual activity. The resultant data indicates the controversial nature of the issues and the need for further research.

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Master of Arts


Department of Educational Administration and Counseling

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Audrey L. Smith


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