Journal of Child and Family Studies

, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 5–20

Why Parents Matter!: The Conceptual Basis for a Community-Based HIV Prevention Program for the Parents of African American Youth

  • Patricia Dittus
  • Kim S. Miller
  • Beth A. Kotchick
  • Rex Forehand

DOI: 10.1023/B:JCFS.0000010487.46007.08

Cite this article as:
Dittus, P., Miller, K.S., Kotchick, B.A. et al. Journal of Child and Family Studies (2004) 13: 5. doi:10.1023/B:JCFS.0000010487.46007.08


The Parents Matter! Program (PMP) is a community-based family intervention designed to promote positive parenting and effective parent-child communication about sexuality and sexual risk reduction. Its ultimate goal is to reduce sexual risk behavior among adolescents. PMP offers parents instruction and guidance in general parenting skills related to decreased sexual risk behavior among youth (e.g., relationship building, monitoring) and sexual communication skills necessary for parents to effectively convey their values and expectations about sexual behavior—as well as critical HIV, STD, and pregnancy prevention messages—to their children. We briefly review the literature concerning parental influences on adolescent sexual risk behavior and present the conceptual model and theoretical foundation upon which PMP is based.

Parents Matter! Program conceptual model parenting influences adolescent sexual risk behavior 

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Patricia Dittus
    • 1
  • Kim S. Miller
    • 2
  • Beth A. Kotchick
    • 3
  • Rex Forehand
    • 4
    • 5
  1. 1.Division of Adolescent and School HealthCenters for Disease Control and PreventionAtlanta
  2. 2.Division of HIV/AIDS PreventionCenters for Disease Control and PreventionAtlanta
  3. 3.Psychology DepartmentLoyola College in MarylandBaltimore
  4. 4.Psychology DepartmentUniversity of VermontBurlington
  5. 5.Institute for Behavioral ResearchUniversity of GeorgiaAthens

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