Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

, Volume 18, Issue 5, pp 1053–1059 | Cite as

Attitudes and Beliefs of African Immigrant Mothers Living in the US Towards Providing Comprehensive Sex Education to Daughters Aged 12–17 Years: A Pilot Study

  • Kafuli AgbemenuEmail author
  • Martha Ann Terry
  • Margaret Hannan
  • Julius Kitutu
  • Willa Doswell
Original Paper


The literature currently contains no comprehensive sex education (CSE) interventions targeting the African immigrant population. African immigrant mothers have been inhibited by several factors from providing their daughters with CSE. The primary aim of this study was to identify attitudes and beliefs of Sub-Saharan immigrant mothers living in the United States towards providing comprehensive sex education to their daughters aged 12–17 years. The study utilized a one-time anonymous nine-question survey. Fifteen women who met the inclusion criteria completed the study survey online or via paper format. African immigrant mothers are willing to allow comprehensive sex to be taught in schools and at home. Accepted education appears to range from religious and moral teaching to some factual information. This research will potentially assist in the designing of more culturally appropriate comprehensive sex education programs for African immigrant mothers and their daughters.


Africa south of the Sahara Emigration and immigration Mothers Adolescents Sex education STIs 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kafuli Agbemenu
    • 1
    Email author
  • Martha Ann Terry
    • 2
  • Margaret Hannan
    • 3
  • Julius Kitutu
    • 4
  • Willa Doswell
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Family, Community, and Health Systems Sciences, School of NursingState University of New York, University at BuffaloBuffaloUSA
  2. 2.Graduate School of Public Health, Behavioral and Community Health SciencesUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA
  3. 3.School of NursingUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA
  4. 4.Department of Acute and Tertiary Care, School of NursingUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA
  5. 5.Department of Health Promotion and Development, School of NursingUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA

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