Parental expertise, trustworthiness, and accessibility: Parent-adolescent communication and adolescent risk behavior

Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, James Jaccard, Patricia Dittus, Alida M. Bouris

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Abstract

A communication framework of persuasion and attitude change was utilized to analyze parent-adolescent communication about adolescent risk behavior. Three parent dimensions were deemed important: (a) perceived expertise, (b) perceived trustworthiness, and (c) perceived accessibility. Data were collected in surveys from 668 mother-adolescent dyads in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods in New York City (N = 668). Results showed weak correspondence between how expert, trustworthy, and accessible mothers thought they were on the one hand and how their sons and daughters characterized them on the other. All dimensions were related to how often adolescents said they talked with their mothers about a risk behavior, which, in turn, was predictive of lower levels of adolescent risk behavior. Implications for future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1229-1246
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Marriage and Family
Volume68
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2006

Keywords

  • Adolescence
  • Adolescent sexual/contraceptive behavior
  • Communication
  • Parent-adolescent relations
  • Sexual behavior
  • Tobacco use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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