Honors Program Theses


Open Access Honors Program Thesis

First Advisor

Gary Gute


While several studies (DiClemente, Wingood, Crosby, Cobb, Harrington, & Davies, 2001; Pistella & Bonati, 1998; Whitaker, Miller, May, & Levin, 1999; Whitaker & Miller, 2000) have found a relationship between close mother-child relationships during adolescence and adolescents' delayed initiation of sex and increased contraceptive use, only a handful of studies (Diiorio, Kelley, & Hockenberry, 1999; Dittus, Jaccard, & Gordon, 1997; Rodgers, 1999) have examined the influence of father-son relationships on college males' sexual behavior and contraceptive use. To examine how father-son relationships influence college males' sexual behaviors and values, this study surveyed 18- to 28-year-old college males (N=l 15) about their relationships with their fathers, their sexual behavior, their sexual values, and their perceptions of perceived paternal disapproval of premarital sex. Results suggested that while level of satisfaction in paternal relationships does not appear to be significantly related to participants' attitudes towards contraception, it is related to participants' clarity of personal sexual values. Furthermore, participants' perceptions of perceived paternal disapproval of premarital sex . predicted their attitudes toward premarital sex and a younger age of first penetrative sex.

Year of Submission



Department of Design, Textiles, Gerontology and Family Studies

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors


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