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Perspectives

Publication Date

5-1-2010

Abstract

The present study examines the association between parental, peer and religious influences and the sexual attitudes and behaviors of college students. A questionnaire was administered to 128 undergraduate students between the ages of 18 and 36 at the University of New Hampshire- Durham campus. The questionnaire consisted of 43 fill-in-the-blank and multiple choice questions that inquired about demographic information, social influences and sexual activities in the 12 month period before college and the 12 month period after and including the first day of college. Results indicate that students do not feel that they were influenced significantly by parents, peers or religion during this period. However, the data suggests that the participants feel that they are more influenced by peers than parents or religion. Results also suggest that participants did not feel that significance of the influences changed between the 12 month period before college and the 12 month period after and including the first day of college.

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