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ERIC Number: EJ814526
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 33
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-0743-5584
Why Can't We Just Talk about It?: An Observational Study of Parents' and Adolescents' Conversations about Sex
Afifi, Tamara D.; Joseph, Andrea; Aldeis, Desiree
Journal of Adolescent Research, v23 n6 p689-721 2008
This study examined how parents and adolescents talk about sex with each other and how that influences their anxiety and avoidance tendencies. When parents were receptive, informal, and composed during the conversations, their adolescents were less anxious and, in turn, were less avoidant. The child's perception of the parent's communication competence also predicted the child's anxiety, which influenced the child's avoidance. The quality of the relationship between the parent and the child also influenced how anxious and avoidant the child was during the conversation. Qualitative findings revealed that religiosity, the gender of the child, humor, peer groups, the parent's use of fear appeals, and whether the parent and child had an enmeshed relationship affected the nature of the conversations. (Contains 2 tables and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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