Journal of Youth and Adolescence

, Volume 35, Issue 5, pp 783–794

Longitudinal Association Between Parenting Practices and Early Sexual Risk Behaviors among Urban African American Adolescents: The Moderating Role of Gender

  • Chisina T. Kapungu
  • Grayson N. Holmbeck
  • Roberta L. Paikoff
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10964-006-9102-1

Cite this article as:
Kapungu, C.T., Holmbeck, G.N. & Paikoff, R.L. J Youth Adolescence (2006) 35: 783. doi:10.1007/s10964-006-9102-1

Abstract

A sample of 274 African American families, living in impoverished neighborhoods with high HIV rates, participated in a longitudinal study of adolescent sexual development when children were in the 4th or 5th grade. Self-report and observational measures of parental warmth and parental behavioral control were collected from adolescents and parents at Time 1, and youth reported if they had initiated intercourse at Times 1 and 2. Regression analyses suggested that gender moderated associations between parental behavioral control and engagement in adolescent sexual behaviors. More generally, findings suggested that boys reared in low control/high warmth (i.e., permissive) homes and girls reared in high control/low warmth (i.e., authoritarian) homes were particularly at risk for early sexual behaviors. Clinical implications and directions for the future research are discussed.

Keywords

African American adolescents Sexual behaviors Parenting 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Chisina T. Kapungu
    • 1
  • Grayson N. Holmbeck
    • 1
  • Roberta L. Paikoff
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyLoyola University of ChicagoChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry, Institute for Juvenile ResearchUniversity of IllinoisChicagoUSA

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