Date of Award:

1-1-1987

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Family, Consumer, and Human Development

Advisor/Chair:

Kim Openshaw

Abstract

The purpose of this research was to examine the relationship between the content of moral thought and premarital sexual standards . The sample used (n=lS9) was homogeneous and purposive; the majority of the sample was female, second year college students, and Caucasian. A discriminant analysis using the sexual standards of permissiveness with affection and the traditional standard as dependent variables, and the moral constructs of egoism, hedonism, nonhedonism, utilitarianism, deontology, rul e-utilitarianism, actutilitarianism, rule-orientation, and act-orientation as independent (predictor) variables was run. This analysis resulted in a final model in which egoism, hedonism, nonhedonism, act-utilitarianism, and ruleorientation were found to be the polarizing variables between the traditional group and the permissiveness with affection group.

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