The moderating influence of mother-adolescent discussion on early and middle African-American adolescent sexual behavior†
Article first published online: 22 MAR 2007
Copyright © 2007 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 30, Issue 2, pages 193–202, April 2007
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DiIorio, C., McCarty, F., Denzmore, P. and Landis, A. (2007), The moderating influence of mother-adolescent discussion on early and middle African-American adolescent sexual behavior. Res. Nurs. Health, 30: 193–202. doi: 10.1002/nur.20193
We wish to thank the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta for their support of the project and to the participants for their contributions to HIV prevention.
- Issue published online: 22 MAR 2007
- Article first published online: 22 MAR 2007
- Manuscript Accepted: 10 OCT 2006
- National Institutes of Mental Health. Grant Number: 5 R01 MH55710
- sex-based communication;
- HIV prevention
We examined how African-American mothers' discussions with their adolescents about sex moderated the relationship between adolescents' sex-based discussions with their friends and adolescents' involvement in sexual behaviors. The 425 African-American adolescents were 12 through 15 years of age and had participated in an HIV prevention research project with their mothers. Linear and logistic regression analyses showed that, for girls, age, discussions with friends, and the interaction between mother and friend's sex-based discussions were statistically significant predictors of sexual behaviors. These findings suggest that the level of discussion with mothers had a moderating effect on the relationship between friends' discussions about sex and a girl's involvement in sexual behaviors. Although these results were not apparent for boys, there was a strong relationship between discussions with friends about sex and sexual behaviors among boys. © 2007 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 30: 193–202, 2007