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¿Confías en mí? The Impact of Latino Parent Characteristics on Discussions With Their Adolescent About Sexual Health and Pregnancy Prevention
Martinez, L. M.
Published: Electronically published in 2016 (a more recently published version of this article may be available)
The aim of this study, ¿Confías en mi? (Do You Trust Me?), was to explore how three characteristics (expertise, trustworthiness, and accessibility) may influence Latino parent–adolescent communication about romantic relationships and sexual risk reduction strategies. Twenty-one parent–adolescent dyads completed quantitative measures of parental characteristics that may influence the adolescent’s perception of parental advice, followed by in-depth interviews. Findings indicate that parents talk to their children, but conversations generally are not specific or comprehensive enough to support adolescents’ informed decision making about sexual health or building positive romantic relationships. The authors’ recommendations include encouraging parents to have open and accurate communication, to discuss and model the characteristics of good relationships, and to weave conversations about values and expectations for the adolescent’s future into routine communication. Modified Author Abstract.