Views of the female role, mothers' expression of sexual affection and female college students' attitudes toward sexual behavior Public Deposited

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  • The present study examined the relationship between views of the female role, mothers' expression of sexual affection, and women's attitudes toward sexual behaviors. Subjects were 122 single middle-class college women from intact families who had some prior experience in heterosexual relationships. Women's scores on the Mother's Expression of Sexual Affection Scale (MESAS) and the Attitudes toward Women Scale (AWS) were used to assign subjects to one of four groups: traditional women whose mothers frequently displayed sexual affection toward their spouses; nontraditional women whose mothers frequently displayed sexual affection toward their spouses; traditional women whose mothers infrequently displayed sexual affection toward their spouses; and nontraditional women whose mothers infrequently displayed sexual affection toward their spouses. A comparison was then made of the four groups' attitudes toward 20 sexual behaviors on the Sexual Attitudes Scale (SAS). A 2 (Woman's role attitude: traditional/nontraditional) x 2 (Mother's expression of sexual affection: frequent/infrequent) analysis of variance was performed on scores for each item. Results revealed that women with more nontraditional attitudes toward the female role held significantly more positive attitudes toward 15 of the 20 sexual behaviors than women with more traditional views. Moreover, it was found that women with more affectionate mothers had significantly more positive attitudes toward four SAS behaviors. These findings demonstrate a clear relationship between female role orientation and sexual attitudes, and suggest that mothers may be sexual role models for a class of less intimate sexual behaviors. Implications of the research for counseling couples with sexual problems were discussed.
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