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I Hear Something Different: Differences in Gender Messages from Parent-Child Communication about Sex with Late Adolescents

  • Author(s): Allen, Evette L
  • et al.
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Many researches have discussed the differences in parent-child communication with daughters versus parent-child communication with sons. Communication about sex with adolescents can be difficult and uncomfortable for both parents and children. Previous researchers have indicated an interest in parent-child communication about sex because such discussions between parents and adolescents have been proven to assist with delaying or lessening the effects of adolescent sexual risk behavior. While there may be powerful implications for parent-child communication about sex with adolescents, the effects may be more powerful for female adolescents than for male adolescents.

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