“You Know What You Gotta Do”: African American Fathers and Sons Perspectives’ on Parent–Child Sexual Risk Communication and HIV Intervention Development Needs

Jillian Lucas Baker, Yzette Lanier, George James, Janel Fletcher, Madonna Delish, Onumara Opara, Carrie Sampson, Loretta Jemmott, Jennifer Stewart

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Abstract

Context: Although parents can be influential toward the sexual attitudes and behaviors of adolescents, fathers are significantly underrepresented in studies of parental influences on adolescent sexual practices and behaviors. Method: This mixed method study assessed the feasibility of implementing a HIV/STI (human immunodeficiency virus/sexually transmitted infection) risk reduction program for African American fathers and sons. Focus groups were conducted with 30 father–son pairs at a local barbershop. Adolescents ranged between 11 and 19 years old with a mean age of 14.71 years (SD = 2.14). Results: Fathers and sons were not in agreement about frequency of communication about sexual health issues. However, the majority of fathers and sons indicated they would attend a father–son HIV/STI risk reduction program together. Conclusion: This study supports the development of a HIV/STI risk reduction program for that can enhance sexual risk communication practices among African American fathers and sons.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1685-1711
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Family Issues
Volume39
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018

Keywords

  • HIV
  • adolescents
  • family health
  • family processes
  • father–child relationship
  • qualitative
  • quantitative

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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