There are several decades of research supporting the protective role of parents in preventing adolescent sexual risk behaviors [2-4].
Most sons agreed with the content of the sexual health message reported by their mothers, identified their mothers as approachable, and some sons reported that they would talk with their mothers before they started having sex.
Mothers report providing a twoprong message to delay sexual debut and use condoms when sexually active and a strong desire to have their son disclose his intentions to sexually debut in order to facilitate sexual health decision-making and provide access to condoms.
Findings from this study provide preliminary descriptive data that can be used by providers to facilitate parent-child sexual health communication during early adolescence and prior to a child's sexual debut.
Mothers report providing a two-prong message to delay sexual debut and use condoms when sexually active and a strong desire to have their son disclose his intentions to sexually debut in order to facilitate sexual health decision-making and provide access to condoms.
Adolescent males of all race/ethnicities have higher rates of sexual risk behaviors than females.
According to a nationally representative sample of high school-aged youth, adolescent males are more likely than females to have had sex before the age of 13 (M=9%, F=3%), had sex with four or more people (M=18%, F=13%), and to have used alcohol or drugs before last sexual intercourse (M=27%, F=18%) (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 2011).
Additionally, African American (AA) high schoolers are more likely than Hispanics (H) or whites (W) to have ever had sex (AA=60%, H=49%, W=44%), had sex for the first time before the age of 13 (AA=14%, H=7%, W=4%), and had sexual intercourse with more than four people in their lifetime (AA=25%, H=15%, W=13%) (CDC, 2011).
An early age of sexual debut is associated with inconsistent or nonuse of contraceptives in later life and is a risk factor for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and unintended pregnancy .
Citation: Maria D S, Markham C, Engebretson J, Baumler E, Mc Curdy S (2014) Parent-Child Communication about Sex in African American Mother-Son Dyads. doi:10.4172/2327-4972.1000134Copyright: © 2014 Maria D S et al.
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Background: Parent-child sexual health communication is a well-documented protective factor against early sexual debut and other sexual risk behaviors.