Association of Parenting with Sexual Attitudes and Behaviors of College Students in India

Pooja Brar, Jodi Dworkin, Juyoung Jang

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The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between parenting and sexual attitudes and behaviors of college students in India. Both physical sexual behaviors and online sexual behaviors were examined. A sub-sample of Indian college students aged 18–25 years (n = 159; 32% female) recruited online for survey completion were the focus of this study. Two path models were performed to explore how sexual attitudes and behaviors were associated with perceived parental solicitation, trust, and warmth. Maternal and paternal influences were tested in separate models. Mothering was more strongly associated with daughters’ sexual behaviors while fathering was associated with sons. College students with liberal sexual attitudes reported engaging in more physical and online sexual behaviors. As Indian youth experience a more globalizing coming of age than previous generations, they require an extended period of parental support and involvement. Findings in the current study suggest that young adults are receptive to parental influence with warm and trusting parent–child relationships playing a significant role in shaping college students’ sexual behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1037-1053
Number of pages17
JournalSexuality and Culture
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2018


  • College students
  • India
  • Parenting
  • Sexual attitudes
  • Sexual behaviors


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