Patterns and correlates of parental and formal sexual and reproductive health communication for adolescent women in the United States, 2002-2008

Kelli Stidham-Hall, Caroline Moreau, James Trussell

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Abstract

Purpose: To investigate patterns and correlates of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) communication among adolescent women in the United States between 2002 and 2008. Methods: We used data with regard to adolescent women (aged 1519 years) from the National Survey of Family Growth (between 2002 and 20062008, n = 2,326). Multivariate analyses focused on sociodemographic characteristics and SRH communication from parental and formal sources. Results: Seventy-five percent of adolescent women had received parental communication on abstinence (60%), contraception (56%), sexually transmitted infections (53%), and condoms (29%); 9% received abstinence-only communication. Formal communication (92%) included abstinence (87%) and contraceptive (71%) information; 66% received both, whereas 21% received abstinence-only. Between 2002 and 20062008, parental (not formal) communication increased (7%, p <.001), including the abstinence communication (4%, p =.03). Age, sexual experience, education, mother's education, and poverty were positively associated with SRH communication. Conclusions: Between 2002 and 2008, receipt of parental SRH communication, especially abstinence, was increasingly common among United States adolescents. Strategies to promote comprehensive communication may improve adolescents' SRH outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)410-413
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Adolescent Health
Volume50
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Information sources
  • Sex education
  • Sexual and reproductive health communication
  • United States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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