Display Settings:

Format

Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Health Psychol. 2008 Nov;27(6):760-9. doi: 10.1037/a0013833.

Parent-adolescent communication about sexual intercourse: an analysis of maternal reluctance to communicate.

Author information

  • 1School of Social Work, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027, USA. rg650@columbia.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

A unified theory of behavior was applied to parent-adolescent communication about sexual intercourse to understand why some mothers speak less often with their children about not having sexual intercourse. According to the theory, parental decisions or intentions to engage in such conversations are a function of expectancies, social norms, self-concept, emotions, and self-efficacy.

DESIGN:

Data were collected from a random sample of 668 mother-adolescent dyads recruited from middle schools located in the Bronx community of New York City. Data were collected via self-administered surveys.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Mother and adolescent reports on the frequency of parent-adolescent communication about sexual intercourse were obtained. Adolescents and mothers reported how often the mother had discussed 21 topics related to sexual behavior.

RESULTS AND CONCLUSION:

Results supported the utility of the framework for understanding parent-adolescent communication about sexual intercourse. Significant maternal correlates included (a) expectancies about lacking knowledge, being embarrassed and encouraging children to think maturely and focus on school; (b) self-concept and perceiving that mothers who didn't talk with their children about sex were irresponsible; (c) emotions about feeling relaxed and comfortable; and (d) self-efficacy about the ease of talking with one's child. Implications for family based prevention programs are discussed.

PMID:
19025272
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for American Psychological Association
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk