Title

Parent-Teen Communication and Sexual Behavior in Emerging Adulthood

Presenter Information

Ashley Xagoraris

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Ballroom C/D

Start Date

15-5-2014

End Date

15-5-2014

Keywords

sexual risk behaviors, emerging adulthood

Abstract

This study examined the association between conversations about specific sex-related topics between teens and parents and sexual risk behaviors in emerging adulthood. Participants included young adults (18-30) who completed an online survey (N = 257). Discussions of topics focused on sexual safety were positively associated with frequency of protection behaviors in sexual relationships. Discussing specific sexual behaviors was associated with reported likelihood of engaging in casual sex. Results suggest that the content of conversations parents have with their children have a significant influence on behavior, and continuing this research might inform efforts to prepare parents for these discussions.

Poster Number

37

Faculty Mentor(s)

Feeney, Sarah

Additional Mentoring Department

Family and Consumer Sciences

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Parent-Teen Communication and Sexual Behavior in Emerging Adulthood

SURC Ballroom C/D

This study examined the association between conversations about specific sex-related topics between teens and parents and sexual risk behaviors in emerging adulthood. Participants included young adults (18-30) who completed an online survey (N = 257). Discussions of topics focused on sexual safety were positively associated with frequency of protection behaviors in sexual relationships. Discussing specific sexual behaviors was associated with reported likelihood of engaging in casual sex. Results suggest that the content of conversations parents have with their children have a significant influence on behavior, and continuing this research might inform efforts to prepare parents for these discussions.