Parenting practices and adolescent sexual behavior: A longitudinal study

Melina Bersamin, Michael Todd, Deborah A. Fisher, Douglas L. Hill, Joel W. Grube, Samantha Walker

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Abstract

The effects of parental attitudes, practices, and television mediation on adolescent sexual behaviors were investigated in a study of adolescent sexuality and media (N = 887). Confirmatory factor analyses supported an eight-factor parenting model with television mediation factors as constructs distinct from general parenting practices. Logistic regressions indicated that adolescents reporting greater parental disapproval and limits on viewing at Wave 1 were less likely to initiate oral sex between Waves 1 and 2. Adolescents who reported more sexual communication with parents were more likely to initiate oral sex. Results for vaginal intercourse were similar to those for oral sex. Coviewing was a significant negative predictor of initiation of sexual behavior. Parental attitudes and television mediation can delay potentially risky adolescent sexual behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-112
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Marriage and Family
Volume70
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adolescent contraceptive behavior
  • Adolescent sexual behavior
  • Media
  • Parenting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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