Direct and nondirect communication of maternal beliefs to adolescents

Adolescent motivations for premarital sexual activity

Patricia J. Ditius, James Jaccard, Vivian V. Gordon

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Communication between mothers and adolescents about premarital sexual intercourse was studied in the context of a model of maternal influence on the formation of adolescent beliefs about sexual behavior. Two different forms of maternal influence were explored: (a) direct communication, and (b) indirect transmission of maternal orientations. Respondents were 751 inner-city, African American adolescents (ages 14 to 17) and their mothers. Results indicated that adolescent motivations were related to their sexual behavior, and that maternal beliefs about sex were predictive of those motivations, independent of reports of the amount of communication that had taken place. These data are consistent with a model that underscores multiple mechanisms by which parents influence adolescent sexual behavior over and above direct communication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1927-1963
Number of pages37
JournalJournal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume29
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1999

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Sexual Behavior
Motivation
Communication
Mothers
Adolescent Behavior
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African Americans
Parents

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Direct and nondirect communication of maternal beliefs to adolescents : Adolescent motivations for premarital sexual activity. / Ditius, Patricia J.; Jaccard, James; Gordon, Vivian V.

In: Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Vol. 29, No. 9, 1999, p. 1927-1963.

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