5130.0 Parent-adolescent Communication about Sexuality

Wednesday, October 29, 2008: 10:30 AM
Recent research provides substantial evidence that parent-adolescent communication about sexuality is associated with improved adolescent sexual health outcomes. This session will discuss evidence from the US, Mexico and China on this topic. The first panelist will present qualitative data describing how African American parents monitor the sexual behavior of their children. The second panelist will explore communication between parents and adolescents in Mexico. The results of this study suggests that parent-adolescent communication increases condom use and decreases sexual initiation. Chinese immigrant families in New York City are the focus of the third presentation. The final panelist will examine the influence of father-son relationships on the sexual behaviors and values of college age males.
Session Objectives: 1) Understand the ways African American parents are monitoring their adolescents’ sexual behavior 2) To understand the characteristics of Mexican parent-adolescent communication about sex 3) Articulate major gaps in parent-adolescent communication about sexual practices among Chinese immigrants 4) Recognize fathers’ influence on college males’ ability to develop their own guidelines regarding personal sexual behavior

10:30 AM
"It takes a village": The role of African American social networks in adolescent sex education and parental monitoring
Anne E. George, MPH, Giselle Corbie-Smith, MD, MSc, Galen Switzer, PhD, Willa Doswell, FAAN, PhD, Melanie A. Gold, DO and Aletha Akers, MD, MPH
10:50 AM
Parent-Adolescent Communication about sex in Morelos, Mexico: Does it affect sexual behavior?
Erika E. Atienzo, MS, Dilys Walker, MD, Lourdes Campero, MS, Héctor Lamadrid-Figueroa, MD and Juan Pablo Gutiérrez, MS
11:10 AM
Parent-adolescent communication about sexuality in Chinese immigrant families in New York City Chinatown
Jolene Chou, MPH, Shao-Chee Sim, PhD, Loretta Au, MD and Shirley Sut Yee Chan

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Organized by: Population, Family Planning, and Reproductive Health
Endorsed by: Maternal and Child Health, Public Health Education and Health Promotion, Public Health Nursing, Socialist Caucus, School Health Education and Services

CE Credits: CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing