ERIC Number: EJ929239
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
"Do You Want Somebody Treating Your Sister Like That?": Qualitative Exploration of How African American Families Discuss and Promote Healthy Teen Dating Relationships
Akers, Aletha Y.; Yonas, Michael; Burke, Jessica; Chang, Judy C.
Journal of Interpersonal Violence, v26 n11 p2165-2185 Jul 2011
The article discusses a study conducted between December 2007 and March 2008 that involved 19 gender-stratified focus groups with African American parents and adolescents from Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, to explore the process and content of parent-adolescent communication about sex. Discussions about intimate partner violence (IPV) and healthy relationships emerge inductively as critical topics in these conversations. The authors use a grounded theory approach to content analysis to identify and organize themes related to discussions on these topics. A total of 125 participants from 52 families are recruited for the study. Family history of child sexual abuse often motivates discussions. Mothers are described as the primary parent discussing sexual issues with children. Fathers primarily role model ideal male partnership behavior for sons and daughters. Parents seek to prevent daughters from experiencing sexual abuse or emotional manipulation by partners and focus on instilling a sense of responsibility to and respect for romantic partners in sons. Parents prioritize and express the need for tools to influence their adolescent's socialization as romantic partners. Mothers and fathers approach this process differently. Family-focused interventions to prevent unhealthy relationships can build on parent's efforts.
Descriptors: Grounded Theory, Role Models, Sexual Abuse, Mothers, Fathers, Focus Groups, Dating (Social), Sexuality, Content Analysis, African Americans, Interpersonal Relationship, Parent Child Relationship, Sex Education, Interpersonal Communication, Violence, Family Influence, Adolescents, Parent Role, Prevention, Intimacy
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania