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Parent-adolescent communication about sexuality: the role of adolescents' beliefs, subjective norm and perceived behavioral control.
Patient Educ Couns. 2007 Apr; 66(1):75-83.PE

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To examine to what extent adolescents' beliefs, subjective norm and perceived behavioral control predict the amount of parent-adolescent communication about sexuality. In addition, the role of adolescents' gender, ethnic background, religiosity and educational level on these relationships was assessed as well.

METHODS

Data were collected from 481 students of four high schools in The Netherlands. A questionnaire assessed adolescents' beliefs, subjective norm, perceived behavioral control, and self-reported parent-adolescent communication about sexuality. Linear regression analyses were performed to identify predictors of parent-adolescent communication. To assess differences between subgroups, chi(2)-analyses, t-tests and analyses of variance were conducted.

RESULTS

Being female and having positive beliefs about talking with parents about sexuality were positively related to amount of parent-adolescent communication. In addition, adolescents' perceived behavioral control and subjective norm were significant predictors as well.

CONCLUSION

Adolescents' beliefs, subjective norm and perceived behavioral control, are all significant predictors of frequency of parent-adolescent sex communication, with beliefs being the most important. In addition, adolescents' gender predicted a significant amount as well.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS

Interventions aimed to increase the amount of parent-adolescent communication should primarily target their efforts to changing adolescents' underlying beliefs about discussing sexuality with their parents. Our results furthermore suggest that it is important to take into consideration gender variations in these beliefs, by designing separate interventions for different groups of adolescents.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Communication, The Amsterdam School of Communications Research, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. b.c.schouten@uva.nlNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17137742

Citation

Schouten, Barbara C., et al. "Parent-adolescent Communication About Sexuality: the Role of Adolescents' Beliefs, Subjective Norm and Perceived Behavioral Control." Patient Education and Counseling, vol. 66, no. 1, 2007, pp. 75-83.
Schouten BC, van den Putte B, Pasmans M, et al. Parent-adolescent communication about sexuality: the role of adolescents' beliefs, subjective norm and perceived behavioral control. Patient Educ Couns. 2007;66(1):75-83.
Schouten, B. C., van den Putte, B., Pasmans, M., & Meeuwesen, L. (2007). Parent-adolescent communication about sexuality: the role of adolescents' beliefs, subjective norm and perceived behavioral control. Patient Education and Counseling, 66(1), 75-83.
Schouten BC, et al. Parent-adolescent Communication About Sexuality: the Role of Adolescents' Beliefs, Subjective Norm and Perceived Behavioral Control. Patient Educ Couns. 2007;66(1):75-83. PubMed PMID: 17137742.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Parent-adolescent communication about sexuality: the role of adolescents' beliefs, subjective norm and perceived behavioral control. AU - Schouten,Barbara C, AU - van den Putte,Bas, AU - Pasmans,Mirthe, AU - Meeuwesen,Ludwien, Y1 - 2006/11/29/ PY - 2006/05/24/received PY - 2006/10/26/revised PY - 2006/10/26/accepted PY - 2006/12/2/pubmed PY - 2007/6/1/medline PY - 2006/12/2/entrez SP - 75 EP - 83 JF - Patient education and counseling JO - Patient Educ Couns VL - 66 IS - 1 N2 - OBJECTIVE: To examine to what extent adolescents' beliefs, subjective norm and perceived behavioral control predict the amount of parent-adolescent communication about sexuality. In addition, the role of adolescents' gender, ethnic background, religiosity and educational level on these relationships was assessed as well. METHODS: Data were collected from 481 students of four high schools in The Netherlands. A questionnaire assessed adolescents' beliefs, subjective norm, perceived behavioral control, and self-reported parent-adolescent communication about sexuality. Linear regression analyses were performed to identify predictors of parent-adolescent communication. To assess differences between subgroups, chi(2)-analyses, t-tests and analyses of variance were conducted. RESULTS: Being female and having positive beliefs about talking with parents about sexuality were positively related to amount of parent-adolescent communication. In addition, adolescents' perceived behavioral control and subjective norm were significant predictors as well. CONCLUSION: Adolescents' beliefs, subjective norm and perceived behavioral control, are all significant predictors of frequency of parent-adolescent sex communication, with beliefs being the most important. In addition, adolescents' gender predicted a significant amount as well. PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: Interventions aimed to increase the amount of parent-adolescent communication should primarily target their efforts to changing adolescents' underlying beliefs about discussing sexuality with their parents. Our results furthermore suggest that it is important to take into consideration gender variations in these beliefs, by designing separate interventions for different groups of adolescents. SN - 0738-3991 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17137742/Parent_adolescent_communication_about_sexuality:_the_role_of_adolescents'_beliefs_subjective_norm_and_perceived_behavioral_control_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0738-3991(06)00349-1 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -