Research on parent-teen communication and teen sexual behavior has found that differing levels of parent-teen communication play a role in shaping their teens subsequent behaviors. This study examined teen reported parent-teen communication about dating behaviors and its relationship to the teen’s own dating behaviors. The differences and relationships among communication between mother and father and male and female participants is reported. 1st year college students were invited by e-mail to take an on-line survey about parent communication topics and different dating behaviors. The college student-based sample consisted 90 teens aged 18-19. Results present correlations and differences between the teen reported frequencies of topics of parent-teen communication between teen girls and boys and the frequencies of dating behaviors presented correlations and differences between themselves and the communication topics.

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