Presentation Title

The link between comfortable safe sex talk with parents and frequency of safe sex with sexual partners

Faculty Mentor

Patricia Cabral

Start Date

17-11-2018 3:00 PM

End Date

17-11-2018 5:00 PM

Location

CREVELING 54

Session

POSTER 3

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

behavioral_social_sciences

Abstract

Sexual risk behavior among youth has been a major health issue. For the health and well-being of the youth, it is important to promote safe sex and relevant methods such as condom use. Previous studies suggested that communication with parents and with sexual partners about safe sex may influence their sexual behavior. Studies also proposed that parent-teen discussions about sex are positively associated with both youths’ discussions with their partners about sex and their use of condoms if parents have positive attitudes towards the discussions. This study investigated the relationship between young adults’ perceived level of comfort when having discussions with their parents about safe sex and the likelihood of youth-partner discussions about safe sex and use of STI prevention methods among youth. College students (N=114) from the San Joaquin Valley in California completed an online survey about the use of STI prevention and safe sex talk with parents and sexual partners. We used regression analysis to examine whether college students’ perceived level of comfort during safe sex discussions with parents is positively associated with the likelihood of youth-partner discussions about safe sex and of their use of condoms. The results showed that youth who felt comfortable discussing safe sex with their parents reported a greater likelihood of discussing safe sex with their sexual partner (β = -2.56, p <.01), but there were no significant associations with use of STI prevention. Implications are discussed.

Key words: Safe sex, sexual risk behavior, youth, parents, partners

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The link between comfortable safe sex talk with parents and frequency of safe sex with sexual partners

CREVELING 54

Sexual risk behavior among youth has been a major health issue. For the health and well-being of the youth, it is important to promote safe sex and relevant methods such as condom use. Previous studies suggested that communication with parents and with sexual partners about safe sex may influence their sexual behavior. Studies also proposed that parent-teen discussions about sex are positively associated with both youths’ discussions with their partners about sex and their use of condoms if parents have positive attitudes towards the discussions. This study investigated the relationship between young adults’ perceived level of comfort when having discussions with their parents about safe sex and the likelihood of youth-partner discussions about safe sex and use of STI prevention methods among youth. College students (N=114) from the San Joaquin Valley in California completed an online survey about the use of STI prevention and safe sex talk with parents and sexual partners. We used regression analysis to examine whether college students’ perceived level of comfort during safe sex discussions with parents is positively associated with the likelihood of youth-partner discussions about safe sex and of their use of condoms. The results showed that youth who felt comfortable discussing safe sex with their parents reported a greater likelihood of discussing safe sex with their sexual partner (β = -2.56, p <.01), but there were no significant associations with use of STI prevention. Implications are discussed.

Key words: Safe sex, sexual risk behavior, youth, parents, partners