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Jang and Lee: Self-esteem, Parent-adolescent Communication, Friend's Sexual Attitude and Sexual Permissiveness in College Students



This study was done to identify factors that affect sexual permissiveness in college students.


A descriptive design was used with 380 college students who completed a questionnaire about self-esteem, parents-adolescent communication, friend's sexual attitude and sexual permissiveness.


The sexual permissiveness showed significant differences for the variable: grade (F=0.51, p=.002), gender (t=7.28, p<.001), age (F=14.72, p<.001), religion (t=4.97, p<.001), residence type (F=4.75, p=.009), number of call with parents (F=3.56, p=.030), number of viewing pornographic video (F=36.05, p<.001), number of viewing pornographic magazine (F= 47.90, p<.001), status of dating (t=3.62, p<.001), number of sexual intercourse (F=14.51, p<.001), and experience of sexual intercourse (t=13.00, p<.001). There was a positive correlation between the friend's sexual attitude and sexual permissiveness (r=.64, p<.001). The variables such as friend's sexual attitude, experience of sexual intercourse, the number of watching pornographic video, educational system, religion, and the number of calls with parent explained 52% of the variance in sexual permissiveness.


The results of this study indicate that it is necessary to develop sexual education program for college students considering their level of sexual permissiveness and their friend's sexual attitude.

Figures and Tables

Table 1
General Characteristics and Sexual Characteristics of Subjects (N=380)
Table 2
Score of Sexual Permissiveness and related Variables (N=380)
Table 3
Sexual Permissiveness of Subjects according to General Characteristics and Sexual Characteristics (N=380)

Tukey's post-hoc comparison.

Table 4
Correlations among Sexual Permissiveness, Self-esteem, Parent-adolescent Communication, and Friend's Sexual Attitude (N=380)
Table 5
Factors Influencing Sexual Permissiveness (N=380)

Note. Friend's sexual attitude (total score), Experience of sexual intercourse (No=0, Yes=1), Number of watching pornographic video (0=1, 1~10=2, 11~20=3, 21~30=4,≥31=5), Educational system (2·3 years educational system=3, 4 years educational system=4), Religion (Yes=1, No=2), Number of call with parents (1~2 times/week=1, 3~4 times/week=2,≥5 times/week=3).


This article is a part of master's thesis from Kyungpook National University.


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