Condom Use Self-Efficacy Among Younger Rural Adolescents: The Influence of Parent-Teen Communication, and Knowledge of and Attitudes Toward Condoms

Tiarney D. Ritchwood, Dolly Penn, Courtney Peasant, Tashuna Albritton, Giselle Corbie-Smith

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Abstract

This study examines the role of condom use knowledge and attitudes, and parent-teen communication about sex and relationship quality on reports of condom use self-efficacy among rural, African American youth. Participants were 465 North Carolinian youth (10-14 years). Results indicated that greater condom use self-efficacy was predicted by greater knowledge of condom use (β =.206; p <.001), more favorable attitudes toward condom use (β = −.20; p <.0001) and parent-teen communication about sex (β =.13; p <.05), and actual parent-teen communication about sex and dating (β =.14; p <.05). There was low agreement between parents and youth on measures related to parent-teen communication about sex. Findings call for interventions targeting improvement of condom use knowledge among early adolescents, as well as parent-teen communication about sex. In addition, given the low parent-teen agreement regarding sexual communication, parent-teen sexual communication is an important point of intervention.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Pages267-283
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Early Adolescence
Volume37
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017

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Keywords

  • African American youth
  • condom use
  • parent-teen communication

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  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
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  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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Condom Use Self-Efficacy Among Younger Rural Adolescents : The Influence of Parent-Teen Communication, and Knowledge of and Attitudes Toward Condoms. / Ritchwood, Tiarney D.; Penn, Dolly; Peasant, Courtney; Albritton, Tashuna; Corbie-Smith, Giselle.

In: Journal of Early Adolescence, Vol. 37, No. 2, 2017, p. 267-283.

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