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ERIC Number: EJ933764
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-006X
Sexual Risk among African American Girls: Psychopathology and Mother-Daughter Relationships
Donenberg, Geri R.; Emerson, Erin; Mackesy-Amiti, Mary Ellen
Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, v79 n2 p153-158 Apr 2011
Objective: To examine the associations among mental health problems, maternal monitoring and permissiveness, mother-daughter communication and attachment, and sexual behaviors among African American girls receiving outpatient psychiatric care. Youths with mental health problems report higher rates of HIV-risk behavior than do their peers, and African American girls have higher rates of sexually transmitted infections than do girls of all other racial groups. Method: A sample of 12- to 16-year-old African American girls (N = 266, mean age = 14.46 years) and their female caregivers (73% biological mothers) completed computerized assessments of girls' mental health symptoms, maternal monitoring and permissiveness, and mother-daughter communication and attachment. Girls indicated their sexual risk behaviors (vaginal/anal sex, consistent condom use, number of partners). Results: African American girls who reported clinically significant externalizing problems, more permissive parenting, less open mother-daughter sexual communication, and more frequent mother-daughter communication were more likely to report having had vaginal and/or anal sex. Sexually active girls with greater maternal attachment were less likely to report inconsistent condom use. Conclusions: Findings revealed important risk and protective factors for African American girls in psychiatric care. HIV-prevention programs may be strengthened by improving mother-daughter relationships and communication and by reducing girls' mental health problems. (Contains 5 tables and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Inventory of Parent and Peer Attachment; Child Behavior Checklist