Department of Psychology, Florida International University, 11200 SW 8th Street, University Park, DM 263, Miami, FL 33199.
Parental Expertise, Trustworthiness, and Accessibility: Parent-Adolescent Communication and Adolescent Risk Behavior
Version of Record online: 15 NOV 2006
Journal of Marriage and Family
Volume 68, Issue 5, pages 1229–1246, December 2006
How to Cite
Guilamo-Ramos, V., Jaccard, J., Dittus, P. and Bouris, A. M. (2006), Parental Expertise, Trustworthiness, and Accessibility: Parent-Adolescent Communication and Adolescent Risk Behavior. Journal of Marriage and Family, 68: 1229–1246. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2006.00325.x
- Issue online: 15 NOV 2006
- Version of Record online: 15 NOV 2006
- adolescent sexual/contraceptive behavior;
- parent-adolescent relations;
- sexual behavior;
- tobacco use
A communication framework of persuasion and attitude change was utilized to analyze parent-adolescent communication about adolescent risk behavior. Three parent dimensions were deemed important: (a) perceived expertise, (b) perceived trustworthiness, and (c) perceived accessibility. Data were collected in surveys from 668 mother-adolescent dyads in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods in New York City (N= 668). Results showed weak correspondence between how expert, trustworthy, and accessible mothers thought they were on the one hand and how their sons and daughters characterized them on the other. All dimensions were related to how often adolescents said they talked with their mothers about a risk behavior, which, in turn, was predictive of lower levels of adolescent risk behavior. Implications for future research are discussed.