ERIC Number: ED325219
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Parents and Puberty: Encouraging Family Communication.
Bower, Don; And Others
A community-based sexuality education program for parents and their puberty-aged children is described, and findings of a follow-up survey of the program are reported. The program was developed to provide factual information about puberty and sexuality which would serve as a basis for increased communication about sexuality between parents and children. The 2-hour program was presented by male and female human development specialists from the Cooperative Extension Service of the University of Georgia or other specially trained professionals. The program provided separate sessions for parents and sons aged 10-13 and for parents and daughters aged 10-13. Videos were used to provide information and stimulate discussion. Questions from participants influenced the depth of the discussion. Follow-up evaluation data from a sample of 35 fathers, 150 mothers, 70 boys, and 98 girls indicated that programs which reach their audience only once can in fact make a difference in the attitudes, knowledge, and behavior of participants. Findings also indicated factors that had a critical influence on communication about sexuality and sexual values, the degree to which parents assumed responsibility for such communication, and the particular needs of parents residing in rural areas. Implications of the findings are listed. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Family Relations (Seattle, WA, November 10-14, 1990).