Mother/adolescent communication about sexual behavior and attitudes

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Title: Mother/adolescent communication about sexual behavior and attitudes
Author: Floyd, Marcy E.
Abstract: This study was a secondary analysis of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health , a large national sample of parent and their adolescents age 10 -19 . The current research was done to look at the relationships between adolescent and mother demographics , mother comfort and knowledge , mother /adolescent communication about sexual behavior and attitudes , and adolescent sexual outcomes . It was expected that these variables would provide results that would show predictors of effective mother /adolescent communication and help educators target parents for educational programs concerning communication with their children on topics of a sexual nature . Mothers were found to report more communication with daughters than sons . Mother /adolescent communication was found to have an association with adolescent use of protection , perceived risks of sexual consequences , and number of sexually transmitted diseases , but only when the control variables were not present . Demographic variables themselves were directly related to adolescent sexual outcomes . If mothers were less comfortable , they discussed sexual matters less with adolescents . They also underestimated adolescent initiation and involvement in sexual intercourse .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /18291
Date: 2004-12

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Mother/adolescent communication about sexual behavior and attitudes. Master's thesis, Texas Tech University. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /18291 .

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