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Father-Teen Talks about Sex and Teens’ Sexual Health: The Role of Direct and Indirect Communication

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Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA 02481, USA
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Lynch Research Associates, 41 Oakland Street Ext, Natick, MA 01760, USA
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Academic Editors: Maria Anna Donati, Giulia Fioravanti and Dora Dodig Hundric
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(18), 9760; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18189760
Received: 30 June 2021 / Revised: 3 September 2021 / Accepted: 13 September 2021 / Published: 16 September 2021
Family talks about sex can protect against teens’ risky sexual behavior, but most research has focused on the role of mothers. The current study included cross-sectional survey data from 728 adolescents in the 11th and 12th grades (Mage = 17.00, SD = 0.90) in the United States. Structural equation modeling (SEM) was used to assess associations between teens’ direct and indirect talk, defined as less straightforward ways to communicate one’s sexual values, with fathers about sex, and teens’ sexual behaviors. There were no significant direct associations between father-teen talk about sex and teens’ sexual behavior. However, teen gender moderated associations between indirect father-teen communication and teens’ sexual behavior. The results suggest the need to assess indirect talk about sex in studies of family sexuality communication and to further investigate the role of teens’ identities in determining the influence of father-teen talk about sex on teens’ sexual behavior. View Full-Text
Keywords: reproductive health; adolescence; family communication; father; sexual behavior; indirect talk reproductive health; adolescence; family communication; father; sexual behavior; indirect talk
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Grossman, J.M.; DeSouza, L.M.; Richer, A.M.; Lynch, A.D. Father-Teen Talks about Sex and Teens’ Sexual Health: The Role of Direct and Indirect Communication. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 9760. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18189760

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Grossman JM, DeSouza LM, Richer AM, Lynch AD. Father-Teen Talks about Sex and Teens’ Sexual Health: The Role of Direct and Indirect Communication. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(18):9760. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18189760

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Grossman, Jennifer M., Lisette M. DeSouza, Amanda M. Richer, and Alicia D. Lynch 2021. "Father-Teen Talks about Sex and Teens’ Sexual Health: The Role of Direct and Indirect Communication" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 18: 9760. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18189760

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