Sibling Teenage Pregnancy and Clinic-Referred Girls’ Condom Use: The Protective Role of Maternal Monitoring

Sara Nichols, Shabnam Javdani, Erin Rodriguez, Erin Emerson, Geri Donenberg

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Abstract

Younger sisters of teenage parents have elevated rates of engaging in unprotected sex. This may result from changes in parenting behavior after a sibling becomes pregnant or impregnates a partner, and be particularly pronounced for girls seeking mental health treatment. The current study examines condom use over time in 211 African-American girls recruited from outpatient psychiatric clinics. Findings indicate that having a sibling with a teenage pregnancy history predicts less consistent condom use 2 years later. After accounting for earlier condom use and mental health problems, maternal monitoring moderates condom use such that for girls with a sibling with a pregnancy history, more vigilant maternal monitoring is associated with increased condom use, while for girls with no sibling pregnancy history, maternal monitoring is unrelated to adolescents’ condom use 2 years later. Findings suggest that targeted interventions to increase maternal monitoring of high-risk teens may be beneficial for girls with a sibling history of teenage pregnancy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1178-1187
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Child and Family Studies
Volume25
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016

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Pregnancy in Adolescence
Condoms
pregnancy
Siblings
Mothers
monitoring
Reproductive History
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Unsafe Sex
Parenting
Ambulatory Care Facilities
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African Americans
Psychiatry
adolescent
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Keywords

  • African Americans
  • Maternal monitoring
  • Psychiatric population
  • Sexual risk
  • Siblings

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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Sibling Teenage Pregnancy and Clinic-Referred Girls’ Condom Use : The Protective Role of Maternal Monitoring. / Nichols, Sara; Javdani, Shabnam; Rodriguez, Erin; Emerson, Erin; Donenberg, Geri.

In: Journal of Child and Family Studies, Vol. 25, No. 4, 01.04.2016, p. 1178-1187.

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Nichols, Sara ; Javdani, Shabnam ; Rodriguez, Erin ; Emerson, Erin ; Donenberg, Geri. / Sibling Teenage Pregnancy and Clinic-Referred Girls’ Condom Use : The Protective Role of Maternal Monitoring. In: Journal of Child and Family Studies. 2016 ; Vol. 25, No. 4. pp. 1178-1187.
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