ERIC Number: EJ783719
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Parents' Reports of Sexual Communication with Children in Kindergarten to Grade 8
Byers, E. Sandra; Sears, Heather A.; Weaver, Angela D.
Journal of Marriage and Family, v70 n1 p86-96 Feb 2008
We examined factors associated with parents' reports of three aspects of parent-child sexual communication, quality, frequency with which parents encouraged questions, and extent of communication, on each of 10 sexual health topics. Participants were 3,413 mothers and 426 fathers with children in kindergarten to grade 8. Parents' demographic characteristics, own sexual health education, knowledge and comfort talking about sexuality with their children, and ratings of the importance of comprehensive school-based sex education plus child gender and grade level were uniquely related to their self-reported sexual communication with their children, although different predictors were associated with various topics. These results highlight the need to include characteristics of parents, their children, and the communication itself in research on parent-child sexual communication.
Descriptors: Health Education, Sex Education, Sexuality, Kindergarten, Grade 8, Interpersonal Communication, Elementary Secondary Education, Individual Characteristics, Family Characteristics
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 8; Kindergarten
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