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J Sex Res. 2003 Aug;40(3):256-65.

The amount and timing of parent-adolescent sexual communication as predictors of late adolescent sexual risk-taking behaviors.

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Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Iowa State University, 51C LeBaron, Ames, IA 50011, USA.


The present study examined the moderating role of timing of first discussion of sexual intercourse with mothers and fathers on the relationship between the amount of sexual communication and sexual risk-taking behaviors in late adolescence. Late adolescents (N = 214) completed questionnaire measures regarding the amount and timing of sexual communication with their mothers and fathers. In addition, the participants provided information about their various sexual risk-taking behaviors. In general, the results suggest that timing of first discussion of sexual intercourse contributes additional variance in several sexually risky behaviors beyond that contributed by the amount of communication with both fathers and mothers. The implications of these findings are discussed.

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