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By James Jaccard

The challenge of unintentional pregnancies between teenagers is a significant one. thousands of bucks were spent and hundreds and hundreds of social technology investigations were performed within the try and deal with the matter. the current booklet experiences the result of a federally funded learn venture on parent-teenager conversation approximately premarital intercourse and contraception. either the function and capability of folks in influencing the sexual habit in their kids has been wondered via many social scientists. The literature is characterised by way of stories that have a tendency to watch little courting among measures of parent-teen communique and teenage sexual habit. lots of our colleagues informally exhibit the perspective that folks have little to do with the sexual habit in their children and that makes an attempt to minimize unintentional pregnancies via parental involvement might be futile. certainly, after we first sought investment for the current examine, numerous reviewers have been skeptical for simply this cause. it truly is our trust that oldsters can play a big position in combating accidental pregnancies. In our opinion, previous study has did not make vital conceptual differences which has ended in an understatement of the capability application of parent-teen verbal exchange. We think that the research stated here's in keeping with this opinion. we've got written the ebook with objectives. First, we would have liked to spot vital conceptual and methodological issues that destiny researchers can reflect on in exploring this significant zone of inquiry. moment, we would have liked to boost many of the utilized implications of those issues vis-a-vis our data.

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There were 21 items on this questionnaire concerning factual background information for the subject and the subject's family. These items include such demographic variables as education, income, and religion as well as information regarding birth control choice and family planning. Parent Self-description. This part of the questionnaire had parents rate themselves on 19 dimensions: outgoing-friendly, intelligent, emotionally stable, excitable, assertive, happy, responsible-conscientious, shy, sensitive-tender, trusting, hesitantdoubting, analytical-reflective, shrewd-cunning, self -sufficientindependent, conservative, undisciplined, tense, imaginative, and apprehensive-worrisome.

Mothers were still a major sex source for females in 1974 although less than in 1964. Fathers had a less significant role as sex educators than mothers. With the exception of black males in 1974 (19% listed mothers as the major source), the parent of the opposite sex was rarely the major source of information. Dickinson also found a significant change in the preferred source of sexual information over time for males (both black and white). The preferred source most often named in both surveys was parents.

Daughters' reports of positive communication with their fathers was related to lower sexual behavior scores. For males with conservative parents, sexual behavior was positively related to adolescents' age and inversely related to father's education. The only communication variable related to sons' sexual behavior was fathers' report of a breakdown in communication. For the moderate/liberal subsample, daughters' report of communication breakdown with fathers was inversely related to sexual behavior, but communication breakdown with mothers was positively related to daughters' sexual behavior.

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