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Date of Award

1998

Document Type

Thesis - Pacific Access Restricted

Abstract

This study developed and validated the Trueblood Sexual Attitudes Questionnaire, created to measure attitudes about one's personal sexual behavior and attitudes about the sexual behavior of others. Scores from 414 college level participants were used to determine the internal consistency of the Trueblood Sexual Attitudes Questionnaire. Participants were recruited from one university and two community colleges in California. Coefficient alpha was computed on the two scales, (a) attitudes towards one's personal sexual behavior and (b) attitudes towards the sexual behavior of others, and yielded results of .93 and .96. Factor analysis showed that the items did not cluster together in five groups as expected. A 2 x 2 split plot factorial ANOVA with sex as the between subjects variable and self/other as the within subjects variable was calculated for the total scores and significant differences were found. Five 2 x 2 ANOVA's with sex as the between subjects variable and self/other as the within subjects variable were calculated for each subscale score and significant differences were found. This questionnaire has good psychometric properties, and can be used in additional research and academic settings to determine the amount of attitude change occurring in the classroom. It may help to determine the effectiveness of sexuality education in changing attitudes, and to compare different methods of sexuality education.

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65

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