This article, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, reports the trends found in adolescents’ reports of discussion with parents about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and birth control methods from 1988 to 2002.
The data analyzed were from the National Survey of Adolescent Males and the National Survey of Family Growth. The sample population consisted of adolescents 15-17 years old.
In 2002, fewer female adolescents reported discussion with a parent about STD or birth control methods than in 1995. The share of female adolescents in 2002 reporting no discussion of either topic with their parents increased by almost half compared to 1995. Patterns across time in male adolescents’ discussions of birth control methods with their parents appear stable.
The recent decline in female adolescent reports of parent-communication about birth control and STDs, and the increase in female adolescent reports of no discussion of either topic suggest that public health officials, educators, and clinicians should invigorate their efforts to encourage parents to talk with their children about STDs and birth control.
Robert, A. and Sonenstein, F. Adolescents’ Reports of Communication With Their Parents About STDs and Birth Control: 1988, 1995, and 2002. 2010. Journal of Adolescent Health. 46:6. 532-7.