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J Fam Psychol. 2011 Oct;25(5):785-9. doi: 10.1037/a0024987.

Parents matter in HIV-risk among probation youth.

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  • 1Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, University of Washington Bothell, Bothell, WA 98011-8246, USA.


We investigated the relationship between parenting practices (i.e., parental monitoring, parent permissiveness, and parent-teen communication), and probation youth's HIV-related sexual risk behavior (i.e., ever having sex, condom use, alcohol and marijuana use before sex). Participants were 61 male and female juvenile offenders, ages 13-17, on probation and awaiting sentencing. Results indicated different relationships between parenting and HIV-related sexual risk behavior for probation boys and girls. Parental monitoring, parenting permissiveness, and parent-teen communication were collectively related to whether girls' ever had sex and with boys' use of alcohol and marijuana use before last sex. Findings underscore the important role of parenting on probation teens' HIV risk behaviors.

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