Graduate Program

Clinical Psychology

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Semester of Degree Completion

Summer 2021

Thesis Director

Mariana M. Juras

Thesis Committee Member

Wesley D. Allan

Thesis Committee Member

Steven J. Scher


The current study examined correlations between parent-child relationships and its relationship with the sexual attitudes and behaviors of young adults. Participants were asked to report on their perception of communication and quality relations with their parents. The findings indicate there was a relationship between the perception of high-quality parent-child relationships, likelihood of having extensive sexual experience, tendency to hold specific sexual attitudes and the frequency of online sexual behaviors. Explanations regarding the discrepancy between previous findings and the current study were discussed, including the sexual fluency of those with conservative attitudes. The consideration of gaps in literature incorporating online sexual behaviors were included. Implications regarding the conduction of this study during a global pandemic and low reliability of the positive communication scale were also discussed. Pathways of risky sexual experiences and correlations regarding sexual orientation were introduced as a further topic of study.