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A Comparison of the Process and Content of Sexual Communications Among African American Adolescent Children Living in Parent and Grandparent Headed Families

Authors Cornelius JB, Okoro F, Piper CN

Received 17 September 2020

Accepted for publication 21 November 2020

Published 7 January 2021 Volume 2021:12 Pages 1—8

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/AHMT.S281662

Checked for plagiarism Yes

Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 2

Editor who approved publication: Professor Alastair Sutcliffe


Judith B Cornelius,1 Florence Okoro,1 Crystal N Piper2

1School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC, USA; 2Department of Public Health Sciences, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC, USA

Correspondence: Judith B Cornelius
School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd, CHHS 412B, Charlotte, NC 28223, USA
Email jbcornel@uncc.edu

Introduction: The process of parental sexual communication has been shown to delay the sexual debut of adolescents; however, few studies have focused on extended family members such as grandparents. The purpose of this study was to compare the process and content of sexual communications among African-American adolescent children living in parent or grandparent headed families.
Methods: A secondary analysis of two de-identified datasets from 80 African-American adolescents was conducted.
Results: Findings indicated that there were no significant differences in the sexual communication process in relation to facilitators p= 0.38 and barriers p =0.23 with the discussions. There were however significant differences with adolescents’ attitudes (p = 0.04) and feelings regarding sexual abstinence (p =0.01), HIV prevention (p= 0.002) and teen pregnancy (p= 0.010).
Discussion: Researchers can use the results of this study as a beginning point in examining the sexual communication process in grandparent-headed families.

Keywords: adolescents, parents, grand parents, sexual communications, process, content

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