Does parental monitoring moderate the relation between parent-child communication and pre-coital sexual behaviours among urban, minority early adolescents?

Diane Santa Maria, Christine Markham, Paul Swank, Elizabeth Baumler, Sheryl McCurdy, Susan Tortolero

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Abstract

This study examined parental monitoring (PM) as a potential moderator of the relation between parent-child communication (PCC) and pre-coital sexual behaviours (PCSB) in an urban, minority, early adolescent population. Seventh-grade students (n = 1609) reported PCC, PM and PCSB. Multivariable logistic regression was conducted to assess for moderation. PM moderated the association between PCC and PCSB. Specifically, young people reporting both high PCC and high PM had the lowest odds of PCSB. Findings suggest that PCC is more protective in combination with high PM. However, young people reporting low levels of PM had an increased probability of PCSB with higher levels of PCC. No moderating effect between PCC, PM and PCSB was found by race/ethnicity or gender. However, race/ethnicity was found to moderate the effect of PCC on PCSB. This knowledge highlights the protective role of parental factors on PCSB and may inform the development of more effective parent-based adolescent sexual health interventions that address both PCC and PM.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)286-298
Number of pages13
JournalSex Education
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • coital behaviour
  • parent-child communication
  • parental monitoring
  • USA
  • young people

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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