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
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
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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