Learning Objective 1: identify the process of sexual communications with African American adolescents from parent and grandparent headed households
Learning Objective 2: identify the content of sexual communications with African American adolescents from parent and grandparent headed households
Methods: Secondary data analyses were conducted on two existing data sets to examine the process and content of sexual communications with adolescents from parent and grandparent headed households. The sample consisted of 80 adolescents.
Results: Adolescents from grandparent headed households indicated that they could not talk with their grandparents about sex because they already knew about sex. They also believed that a boy and girl should be in a serious relationship before engaging in sex, being a virgin was a good thing, and that they would be proud to remain a virgin during their teen years. Adolescents from parent headed households believed that if they talked with their parents about sexual abstinence they were less likely to get a sexually transmitted disease, get someone pregnant, and would feel closer with their parents. They also believed that they were too young to have sex when compared to the adolescents from grandparent headed households.
Conclusion: Differences exist in the process and content of sexual communications with adolescents from different parental households. Further research examining the context and process of these communications with parent and grandparent caregivers is warranted.