Original Articles

Perceived Child Rearing Practices as Predictors of University Students' Satisfaction with their Sexual Relationships

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 21, issue 4, 2011 , pages: 595–598
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2011.10820504
Author(s): Charisse LoweUniversity of the Free State,, Edwin Devon du PlessisUniversity of the Free State,, Nico NortjeUniversity of the Free State,


The aim of this study was to determine the effects that perceived child-rearing practices have on the sexually intimate relationship satisfaction of a sample of 130 male (n=62) and female (n=68) fourth year South African university students. Participants completed the Parenting Bonding Instrument (Parker, Tupling, & Brown, 1979), Stevens Relationship Questionnaire (Stevens & Stevens, 1994) and the Sexual Knowledge Questionnaire (Louw, 2000) to measure perceived parent-child attachment, respondents' sexually intimate relationships and level of sex education. Hierarchical regression analysis was conducted to investigate the influence of perceived child rearing practices on sexually intimate relationship satisfaction. The results suggest that parent-child attachment explained a significant percentage of the variance in intimate relationship in young adulthood.

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