AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 13, Issue 5, pp 1012–1020

Parental Monitoring as a Moderator of the Effect of Family Sexual Communication on Sexual Risk Behavior Among Adolescents in Psychiatric Care

Authors

  • Carla M. Nappi
    • Department of PsychologyRosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
  • Charu Thakral
    • Institute for Juvenile Research, Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Illinois at Chicago
  • Chisina Kapungu
    • Institute for Juvenile Research, Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Illinois at Chicago
    • Institute for Juvenile Research, Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Illinois at Chicago
  • Ralph DiClemente
    • School of Public HealthEmory University
  • Larry Brown
    • Department of PsychiatryRhode Island Hospital
  • Project STYLE Study Group
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10461-008-9495-9

Cite this article as:
Nappi, C.M., Thakral, C., Kapungu, C. et al. AIDS Behav (2009) 13: 1012. doi:10.1007/s10461-008-9495-9

Abstract

Authors examined if parental monitoring moderated effects of family sexual communication on sexual risk behavior among adolescents in psychiatric care. Seven hundred and eighteen parents reported upon quality of family discussions about sex-related topics and degree to which they monitor teen behavior. Adolescents reported the frequency of their own safe sex practices. Parental monitoring moderated the family communication quality–sexual risk behavior relationship among African American families. African American parents who perceived themselves as capable of open family sexual communication and frequent monitoring had adolescents who reported decreased sexual risk behavior. The moderator model was not supported among Caucasian and Hispanic families and findings did not depend upon gender. For African Americans, findings support the influential role of family processes in development of teen sexual risk behavior and suggest, for parents of teens receiving mental health services, learning communication and monitoring skills may be critical to their adolescent’s sexual health.

Keywords

HIV/AIDSCommunicationAdolescentsFamily

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