The girls' relationships with their fathers didn't appear to affect the results; nor was male participants' sexual activity affected by parental relationships. Of the 2,931 participants, 233 became sexually active during the course of the four-year study: 77 girls and 156 boys.
So, why could this be? According to the researchers, mothers tended to be the "primary providers of sexuality education within families." So, those girls who were close with their mothers received more knowledge about sex. This study goes to show that if more mothers are willing to have open and candid conversations about sex with their children, the more informed those kids will be. In turn, this education will increase the likeliness of their making informed decisions about their sexuality.
I have a great relationship with my mother. She's my best friend and arguably the cutest human on Earth. We talk on the phone at least twice a week and I send her pictures of my outfits on the reg. I'm also a huge slut who is VERY careful with her sexual health. She may not have contributed to my waiting to have sex, but she sure did inform my understanding of how intercourse and STIs work.