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NCJ Number: 229728 Find in a Library
Title: Parental Support and Knowledge and Adolescents' Sexual Health: Testing Two Mediational Models in a National Dutch Sample
Journal: Journal of Youth and Adolescence  Volume:39  Issue:2  Dated:February 2010  Pages:189-198
Author(s): Hanneke de Graaf; Ine Vanwesenbeeck; Liesbeth Woertman; Loes Keijsers; Suzanne Meijer; Wim Meeus
Date Published: February 2010
Page Count: 10
Document: HTML (Publisher Site)
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Using a representative sample of Dutch adolescents, this study investigated the association of parental knowledge and support and the sexual health and experience of their children.
Abstract: This study investigated age- and gender-specific associations between parental support and parental knowledge of the child's whereabouts, on the one hand, and sexual experience and sexual health (the ability to have safe and pleasurable sexual experiences) on the other hand. A representative Dutch sample of 1,263 males and 1,353 females (aged 12-25 years), who had previously engaged in sexual intercourse, completed a questionnaire that included measures of these constructs. Both parental support and knowledge were positively associated with contraceptive use, social skills in sexual interactions, sexual satisfaction, and delay of sexual debut. Findings also revealed that the majority of correlations between parental support and sexual experience and sexual health are attributable to the relationship between a supportive family environment and parental knowledge of the child's whereabouts. Parental knowledge thus appeared to be more important for healthy sexual development than parental support. Tables and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Adolescent attitudes
Index Term(s): Adolescent pregnancy; Gender issues; Home environment; Netherlands; Parent-Child Relations; Parental attitudes; Parental influence; Sexual behavior
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