ERIC Number: EJ1172046
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Apr
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Giving Our Daughters What We Never Received: African American Mothers Discussing Sexual Health with Their Preadolescent Daughters
Grigsby, Sheila R.
Journal of School Nursing, v34 n2 p128-138 Apr 2018
African American girls experience disparate rates of pregnancy and acquisition of sexually transmitted infections, including human immunodeficiency virus, when compared to their non-Hispanic White counterparts. Among African American girls, current pregnancy rates are equal to the national crisis levels of teen pregnancy reported in 1990. This qualitative elicitation study was conducted to gain insight into the ways in which African American mothers and their daughters, between the ages of 9 and 14, communicate about sexual health. Early sexual health communication between mothers and daughters is known to enhance the sexual health outcomes of girls. A series of four focus groups and three in-depth interviews were conducted between July and September 2014. The theory of planned behavior was the organizing framework. Theoretical constructs that guided this study were attitudes, perceived behavioral control, and subjective norms. Results showed that what African American women share with their daughters about sexual health stems from their personal faith, values, and experiences. Findings from this study can inform interventions to provide support for this understudied population. Moreover, there are implications for health-care providers, particularly school nurses, who are in an ideal position to help increase mothers' self-efficacy to engage in sexual health conversations with their young daughters.
Descriptors: African American Students, African American Family, Mothers, Parent Child Relationship, Child Health, Health Promotion, Sex, Sexuality, Focus Groups, Interviews, Qualitative Research, Beliefs, Religious Factors, Self Efficacy, Local Norms, Intention, Interpersonal Communication, Family Counseling
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