Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Israel Cuellar

Second Advisor

Dr. Robert Wisener

Third Advisor

Dr. Roy Cain


Teenage sexuality has become a social concern, because of its impact on teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, abortion, government aid and school drop-out. In an effort to better predict risk of early sexual activity, a secondary analysis was conducted on data collected from 413, 11-14 year old students attending the 6th, 7th and 8th grade levels in Hidalgo County, in south Texas. Parent-child Communication, Children's Religiosity, Educational Goals, Educational Grades, Self-Esteem, and Congruency of Sexual Values between children and parents were used as predictor variables. Multiple regression analysis revealed Congruency of Values, Educational Goals, Educational Grades and Religion as the best predictors of this study. Congruency of Values accounted for more of the variance than any other predictor, suggesting that consistency between parent-child values is the best preventive measure to delay sexual activity.


Copyright 1997 Dolores Calderon Castellon. All Rights Reserved.

Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American