Validation of a Parent-Adolescent Communication Scale for use in STD/HIV prevention interventions

Jessica Mc Dermott Sales, Robin R. Milhausen, Gina M. Wingood, Ralph DiClemente, Laura F. Salazar, Richard A. Crosby

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Abstract

This study reports on the validation of a scale to assess adolescent girls' frequency of sexual communication with their parents. The Parent-Adolescent Communication Scale (PACS) was administered to 522 African American female adolescents ranging in age from 14 to 18. The PACS demonstrated satisfactory internal consistency (across multiple administrations) and acceptable test-retest reliability over a 12-month follow-up period. Concurrently, scores on the PACS were correlated with frequency of sexual communication with partner, sexual communication self-efficacy (boyfriend), perceived parental knowledge, family support, depression, and condom use with steady male sex partners. Prospectively, baseline PACS scores were correlated with frequency of sexual communication with partner and condom use. The present investigation indicates that the PACS is a reliable and valid measure of frequency of sexual communication between female adolescents and their parents. Utility of the PACS for researchers and practitioners is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)332-345
Number of pages14
JournalHealth Education and Behavior
Volume35
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2008

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Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Communication
HIV
Condoms
Interpersonal Relations
Parents
AIDS/HIV
Self Efficacy
Reproducibility of Results
African Americans
Research Personnel
Depression
Sexual

Keywords

  • Parent-adolescent
  • Sexual communication
  • STD/HIV

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Validation of a Parent-Adolescent Communication Scale for use in STD/HIV prevention interventions. / Sales, Jessica Mc Dermott; Milhausen, Robin R.; Wingood, Gina M.; DiClemente, Ralph; Salazar, Laura F.; Crosby, Richard A.

In: Health Education and Behavior, Vol. 35, No. 3, 01.06.2008, p. 332-345.

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Sales, Jessica Mc Dermott ; Milhausen, Robin R. ; Wingood, Gina M. ; DiClemente, Ralph ; Salazar, Laura F. ; Crosby, Richard A. / Validation of a Parent-Adolescent Communication Scale for use in STD/HIV prevention interventions. In: Health Education and Behavior. 2008 ; Vol. 35, No. 3. pp. 332-345.
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