Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - Public Access

Degree Name

Psy.D. Doctor of Clinical Psychology

Academic Discipline

Clinical Psychology - Florida School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

Christina D. Brown, Psy.D.

Second Advisor

Lisa Costas, Ph.D.


This literature review is an examination of the impact of parental communication of sexual functioning in women. Women have many commonalities of sexual experiences and receive similar messages as children and adolescents in regards to their sexual behavior. Current attitudes towards women’s sexuality and sexual functioning and the outcomes that a lack of communication can warrant are areas of importance for this literature review. This Clinical Research Project (CRP) examines how frequently parents communicate about sexual topics with their child, how parents communicate, and parental feelings surrounding discussions. Parenting models and attachment styles are reviewed and how childhood experiences shape current functioning. Parental relationships are an integral part of how an individual is currently functioning and this literature review examines how those relationships and conversations shape sexual functioning for women in adulthood. Other influences and the consequences of not engaging in those hard conversations with an adolescent are discussed. Based on the findings uncovered by the research, clinical recommendations are included in this literature review.