Adolescent Emotion Regulation and Parent–Child Discussions about Sexual Behaviors
International Journal of Sexual Health
Risky sexual behavior can lead to negative outcomes (e.g., pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections). Adolescents may engage in risky sex less often if families talk about sexual safety or if adolescents engage in emotion regulation (ER) skills, however, research is lacking on how ER may be a barrier to sexual health communication. This exploratory study was a secondary analysis of baseline information from 420 American adolescents referred for mental health symptoms and their parents regarding ER and sexual health communication. Significant differences emerged on adolescent ER between families that talk about sexual health and those that do not.
Shuster, C., Houck, C., & Tooley, E. (2021). Adolescent Emotion Regulation and Parent–Child Discussions about Sexual Behaviors. International Journal of Sexual Health, 33 (1) https://doi.org/10.1080/19317611.2020.1858381
National Institute of Nursing Research