There is a growing need for parents to communicate with their adolescents about sexuality, as teenage pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise.
Many parents indicate that they lack information and feel uncomfortable communicating with their children about sex.
The popular press regularly publishes articles on parenting issues, including how to discuss sex.
In this study, 26 articles from 1984 to 1993 were reviewed, and the tone, quality of information, and advice given to parents on how to communicate were analyzed.
The articles reflected current research regarding parent-child sexual communication and provided much more detailed advice about how best to approach the topic with an adolescent.
However, readership seemed to be primarily white and mothers in traditional families, and little advice was offered on how to handle more difficult issues, such as contraception and AIDS.
The findings suggest that the popular press could serve as an informational vehicle for educating both youth and parents about sexuality and how to have productive discussions regarding this issue.
Mots-clés Pascal : SIDA, Virose, Infection, Prévention, Education santé, Comportement sexuel, Relation parent enfant, Interaction sociale, Communication verbale, Adolescent, Homme, Immunopathologie, Immunodéficit
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : AIDS, Viral disease, Infection, Prevention, Health education, Sexual behavior, Parent child relation, Social interaction, Verbal communication, Adolescent, Human, Immunopathology, Immune deficiency
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0259044
Code Inist : 002B30A03B. Création : 11/09/1998.