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ERIC Number: EJ883023
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0739-9863
Dominican and Puerto Rican Mother-Adolescent Communication: Maternal Self-Disclosure and Youth Risk Intentions
Guilamo-Ramos, Vincent
Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, v32 n2 p197-215 2010
A communication framework was developed to examine the influence of maternal use of self-disclosure on adolescent intentions to smoke cigarettes and to engage in sexual intercourse. Data were collected from 516 Dominican and Puerto Rican mother-adolescent dyads. Statistical analyses were conducted in AMOS using structural equation modeling. Results indicated that maternal self-disclosure was associated with increased adolescent attributions of maternal trustworthiness and expertise, which in turn were associated with decreases in youths' intentions to engage in the two risk behaviors. Adolescents' perceptions were more salient for intentions to engage in risk behavior. Gender and ethnic differences emerged with mothers disclosing more to daughters than to sons and Puerto Rican mothers disclosing more than Dominican mothers. Implications for parent-adolescent communication are discussed. (Contains 2 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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