TITLE

Mothers' Efforts Toward Their Children's Sex Education: An Exploratory Study

AUTHOR(S)
Woody, Jane D.; Randall, Amanda D.; D'Souza, Henry J.
PUB. DATE
April 2005
SOURCE
Journal of Family Studies;Apr2005, Vol. 11 Issue 1, p83
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The study examined two types of effort toward theft children's sex education made by a sample of 62 mothers with children aged 3 to 17, in relation to several parental characteristics as independent variables. Greater indirect preparation effort (getting informed about sex education materials and opportunities) was predicted by the presence of an adolescent and by mothers' higher score on molestation history. Greater direct guidance effort (recent face-to- face interaction with one's child) was explained by a model that included having an adolescent in the family and mothers' higher comfort with sexual topics; however, only the comfort score remained significant. The discussion explores the limitations of the sample, the importance of further research on parental characteristics, and the implications for designing programs to help parents play a greater role in their children's sex education.
ACCESSION #
17541958

 

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