Parent-Adolescent Communication

Domain 1: Health risks associated with sexual behavior
1. My mother and I have talked about what might happen to me if I were to get pregnant.
2. My mother and I have talked about how if I had sexual intercourse at this time in my life‚ I might get a sexually transmitted disease (STD).
3. My mother and I have talked about how if I had sexual intercourse at this time in my life‚ I might get HIV/AIDS.
Domain 2: Social consequences of engaging in sexual intercourse
1. My mother and I have talked about how I might get a bad reputation if I had sexual intercourse at this time in my life.
2. My mother and I have talked about how embarrassing it would be for me if I got pregnant now.
3. My mother and I have talked about how my boyfriend might lose respect for me if we had had sexual intercourse at this time in my life.
Domain 3: Moral consequences of engaging in sexual intercourse
1. My mother and I have talked about how ha‎ving sexual intercourse at this time in my life would be morally wrong.
2. My mother and I have talked about how if I had sexual intercourse at this time in my life I might regret not waiting until I was married.
3. My mother and I have talked about how I would feel guilty if I had sexual intercourse at this time in my life.
*For father version‚ replace ‘mother’ with ‘father.’
 
 
 
 
Health risks‚ social consequence and moral consequence 0.88‚ 0.85‚ and 0.89‚ respectively. The internal consistency scores for the three domains among mothers were 0.88‚ 0.86‚ and 0.89
 
  • sexual behavior
  • social consequence
  • moral consequence
 
This instrument can be found on pages 66-67 of Latino Families and Youth: A Compendium of Assessment Tools‚ available online at: http://www.paho.org/hq/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_view&gid=23171&Itemid=
 
 
1 = Not at all
2 = Somewhat
3 = A moderate amount
4 = A great deal
 

Guilamo-Ramos‚ V.‚ Jaccard‚ J.‚ Dittus‚ P.‚ & Bouris‚ A. M. (2006). Parental expertise‚ trustworthiness‚ and accessibility: Parent-adolescent communication and adolescent risk behavior. Journal of Marriage and Family‚ 68(5)‚ 1229.

 

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