Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Jeffrey S. McQuillen

Second Advisor

Dr. Timothy P. Mottet

Third Advisor

Dr. Petra Guerra


Using Communication Privacy Management Theory as a framework, this study examined the relationship between father-involvement, daughter-mother openness, and risky behavior. All participants were given a questionnaire that measured their openness toward their mother, perceived/desired father involvement, and their risk behavior. The questionnaire addressed subject’s willingness to disclose information on specific topics (i.e. sex, pregnancy, contraception and drugs) that involve high risks when disclosed. This specificity of topics will serve as an aid to measure the extent or degree of openness that may exist within the daughter-mother relationship as a function of father-involvement and at risk behaviors. Predicted results are expected to indicate an inverse correlation between daughter-mother openness, father-involvement, and risky behavior. From the quantitative information gathered from all the participants, several pedagogical implications, limitations and directions for future research will be discussed.


Copyright 2011 Cynthia A. Chavez. All Rights Reserved.

Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American

Included in

Communication Commons