A Statewide Survey of the Nature and Scope of Sexuality Communication in Indiana

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Amanda Elizabeth Tanner, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: With schools' emphasis on abstinence-only-until-marriage sexuality education, parents' roles as sexuality educators are becoming increasingly important to ensure positive sexual health outcomes for young People. However, research suggests that most American adults have limited basic sexual health knowledge. This lack of knowledge negatively impacts parents' ability to impart accurate information to their children. This research investigated communication between Indiana parents and their children about sexuality. A representative sample of men (n = 158) and women (n = 340) was surveyed via telephone interviews regarding the frequency of their conversations on specific sexuality-related topics and the reasons that might prevent them from discussing sexuality. Rates of parental communication about certain topics related to sexuality varied greatly. This suggests that certain barriers exist that limit the amount and quality of sexuality education between parents and their children.

Additional Information

American Journal of Sexuality Education, 1:2, 25-46, DOI: 10.1300/J455v01n02_03
Language: English
Date: 2006
attitudes, barriers to communication, Family communication, gender, Indiana, school based sexuality education, sex education, sexuality

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