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J Fam Issues. 1998 May;19(3):315-33.

Parent-teen communication about sexual topics.



This study examined parent-teen communication about sexual topics in matched samples of 666 mother-teen and 510 father-teen pairs in the US. Parents and their 8th- through 12th-grade children completed parallel surveys that assessed demographic, relationship, and attitudinal variables hypothesized to be associated with sexual communication. Logistic regression analyses were used to determine which variables were linked to teens¿ reports of ¿one good talk¿ about each of three sexual topics (whether teen sex is okay, the dangers of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, and birth control) in the past year. Aside from gender of parents and teens, demographic variables were largely nonsignificant in the final models. Instead, relationship and attitudinal variables were linked to sexual discussions in both mother-teen and father-teen dyads. Implications for program development and directions for future research were discussed.

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