Date of Award

Spring 5-19-2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Jeffrey Parsons

Second Advisor

Tyrel Starks

Academic Program Adviser

Martin Chodorow


Sexual identity exploration and permissive attitudes about sex increase emerging adults' sexual behaviors. This study surveyed (N=301) 18-29 year-olds’ sexual attitudes and anal/ vaginal sex acts. Findings support that permissiveness accounts for some of the relationship between sexual identity exploration and sex acts but did not show a mediation effect.



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