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USING ATTACHMENT THEORY TO STUDY MOTHER-DAUGHTER COMMUNICATION ABOUT SEX

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USING ATTACHMENT THEORY TO STUDY MOTHER-DAUGHTER COMMUNICATION ABOUT SEX
author
Vocelle, Cecile
abstract
Sexual education of adolescents through parent-child communication has been shown to increase safe sexual behaviors. The purpose of this study was to examine the influence of attachment styles and breadth and depth of communication on mother-daughter communication about sex. Daughters (N = 75) ages 19 to 68 completed an online questionnaire asking about their previous conversations about sex with their mothers. The results showed that daughters with a secure attachment style talked about significantly more sexual health topics and in greater depth than those with an anxious/ambivalent attachment. It was also found that daughters who frequently communicated about love and marriage with their mothers had fewer sexual partners. The results from this study point to the importance of the interaction between attachment style and frequent, in depth conversations about sexual health topics between mothers and daughters.
subject
Attachment
Communication
Daughter
Mother
Sex
contributor
Krcmar, Marina (committee chair)
Priem, Jennifer (committee member)
Rogers, Jennifer (committee member)
date
2015-06-23T08:36:01Z (accessioned)
2015-06-23T08:36:01Z (available)
2015 (issued)
degree
Communication (discipline)
identifier
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/57190 (uri)
language
en (iso)
publisher
Wake Forest University
type
Thesis

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