To identify the content, characteristics, and comfort level of discussions about sexuality held between mothers and their early adolescent children and to determine the extent to which the conversations predicted sexual values and initiation of sexual intercourse of the adolescent.
This was part of a larger study to evaluate the impact of personal family characteristics on human immunodeficiency virus risk-reduction behavior among low-income predominately African-American adolescents, ages 13-15 years.
Adolescents attending a metropolitan community-based afterschool program and their mothers were invited to participate in a 1-hour interview.
Mothers and adolescents were interviewed separately.
The interview included questions about the type of information related to sexuality that adolescents discussed with mothers, fathers, and friends ; in addition, mothers were asked what topics they discussed with their adolescents.
Four hundred five adolescents and 382 mothers participated.
Some mothers had more than one adolescent in the study.
The results showed that both male and female adolescents were more likely to discuss sexual topics with their mothers than their fathers.
Male adolescents were more likely than female adolescents to discuss sex-based topics with their fathers. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Relation mère enfant, Communication, Sexualité, Relation sexuelle, Etude comparative, Relation père enfant, Conversation, Prévention, Maladie sexuellement transmissible, Adolescent, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Mother child relation, Communication, Sexuality, Sexual intercourse, Comparative study, Father child relation, Conversation, Prevention, Sexually transmitted disease, Adolescent, Human
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0341085
Code Inist : 002A26M07. Création : 14/12/1999.