Pocs and Godow (1977) published research results indicating that college students experienced difficulty in considering their parents as sexual beings. The results of the present study were based on responses of 330 college students to a questionnaire authored by the examiner. Results were compared to Pocs and Godow's results, and research data from Kinsey (1948, 1953) and Hunt (1972), which presented the reported frequencies of sexual activities of the parent-aged population. The comparisons suggest that although estimates of the subjects in the current study were higher in all areas than in the Pocs and Godow data, today's college students still underestimate their parents' sexual activity as compared to Kinsey and Hunt, with few exceptions. Results found significant correlations of estimations with marital status of parents, amount of and comfort with parent-child sexual discussion, subjects' religious attendance and importance, and negative emotions when considering their parents as sexual beings. Suggestions were made to conduct a future replication this research, and for parents to increase open discussion of sexual issues, to inform their children that sexuality if not just for the young.
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Janisz, Nancy L., "College students' perceptions of parental sexuality" (1991). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 3853.