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J Relig Health. 2015 Oct;54(5):1810-25. doi: 10.1007/s10943-014-9950-z.

Beliefs About Sex and Parent-Child-Church Sex Communication Among Church-Based African American Youth.

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Department of Psychology, Stetson University, 421 N. Woodland Blvd. Unit 8281, Deland, FL, 32723, USA,


Parent-child sex communication has been shown to be protective against sexual risk among African American youth. The current study sought to use the theory of planned behavior as a framework for focus group discussions (N = 54 youth participants aged 12-19 years) to explore church youths' (a) sex beliefs and values (attitudes), (b) sources and evaluation of sex communication and education (subjective norms), (c) facilitator/barriers to adolescent sexual risk reduction and communication behaviors (perceived behavioral control), and (d) intentions to engage in these behaviors. Additionally, participants identified strategies for consideration in developing tailored parent-child-church sex communication education programs for use in African American churches. Themes suggested both positive and negative attitudes toward premarital sex and parents and churches as key sources of sex education and communication. Strategies to enhance parent-child-church sex communication are discussed in the context of these findings.

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