Current Psychology

, Volume 38, Issue 1, pp 84–91 | Cite as

Perceived Parental Attitude toward Sex Education as Predictor of Sex Knowledge Acquisition: the Mediating Role of Global Self Esteem

  • Kaiyang Qin
  • Nanxi Xie
  • Yonglong Tang
  • Lingling WongEmail author
  • Jingqiu Zhang


The present study examined the mediating effects of global self-esteem on the relationship of perceived parental attitude with sex and sex knowledge acquisition. The mediating model was established using parental attitude toward sex education questionnaire, sex knowledge scale, and Rosenberg self-esteem scale in Chinese version on 901 Chinese senior high school students as participants. Path analysis indicated that global self-esteem partially mediated the relationship between perceived parental attitude and sex and sex knowledge. Multi-group analysis indicated a partial mediating effect on female adolescents, but the mediating effect on male adolescents was not significant. Limitations and implications for future study were also discussed.


Perceived parental attitude toward sex education Self-esteem Sex knowledge Mediating Gender difference 


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Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.

Conflict of Interest

Kaiyang Qin declares that he/she has no conflict ofinterest. Nanxi Xie declares that he/she has no conflict of interest. Yonglong Tang declares that he/she has no conflict of interest. Lingling Wong declares that he/she has no conflict of interest. Jingqiu Zhang declares that he/she has no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kaiyang Qin
    • 1
  • Nanxi Xie
    • 1
  • Yonglong Tang
    • 1
  • Lingling Wong
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jingqiu Zhang
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of PsychologySouthwest UniversityChongqingChina

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