Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
This study investigated whether family communication predicted adolescent decision-making about sexual behaviors, as well as gender differences in whether adolescents prefer talking with their mother or father about sex. Male and female college students (n =148) retrospectively answered questions on a survey pertaining to their family communication about sex when they were going through puberty. Results demonstrated that females reported better communication with their mothers about sex than males, and males reported better communication with their fathers about sex than females. It also was found that the better the communication with mothers, the more informed about sex the adolescents reported to be, the more likely the adolescents reported their relationship with their parents to have an effect on their decision to have sex, and the greater the likelihood of the adolescents to inform their parent if they hypothetically had been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection.
BF1 .M63 v. 15 no. 2 2010
Turner, Keyanna R.; Tang, Connie; Jablonski, Jessica F.; and Martino, Sara
"Family communication predicts the decisions of adolescents to engage in sexual behaviors,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 15:
2, Article 8.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol15/iss2/8