ERIC Number: ED194858
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Sep
Reference Count: 0
The Impact of Mother-Daughter Communication on Daughter's Sexual Knowledge, Behavior and Contraceptive Use.
Fox, Greer Litton; Inazu, Judith K.
Family background variables such as race, religion, and gender of household head emerged as significant predictors of communication about sex in interviews conducted with a sample of mothers and teenage daughters. A suprising finding was a strong positive association between family religion and early sexual communication, although this may reflect a cautionary conservatism about children's sexual development. Mothers who were heads of households were more likely to communicate with daughters about sex than were mothers in male-headed homes. The data suggest that two of the most important predictors of frequency of current communication are the pattern of early mother-daughter communication and the quality of the relationship. Communication about sensitive topics is apparently less difficult in the adolescent years if it builds upon a general pattern of open communication. These findings support program initiatives that seek to strengthen families, and especially women in their role as mothers. (Author/CS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD. Center for Population Research.
Authoring Institution: Merrill-Palmer Inst., Detroit, MI.
Identifiers: Mother Daughter Communication Project
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (87th, New York, NY, September 1-5, 1979).