This study, published in the journal AIDS and Behavior, examines the relationship between teen-parent sexual communication, discussion about condoms, and condom use among teens in mental health treatment. Adolescents between the ages 13-17 years old and who have undergone mental health treatment within the past year were eligible. Both eligible adolescents and their parents were interviewed for data collection.
Several interesting results were found:
- “Adolescents reported discussing sexual topics more frequently than anticipated […] nearly 80% of adolescents reported discussions about condoms with parents” (Hadley et al. Pg. 1002)
- “[…] among this sample of adolescents with high rates of psychiatric disorders and family turmoil, discussion about sex occurred at relatively high rates” (Hadley et al. Pg. 1002).
- “[…] adolescents who report discussing condoms with their parents were significantly more likely to use condoms with their parents were significantly more likely to use condoms consistently” (Hadley et al. Pg. 1003).
Hadley, W., Brown, L.K., Lescano, C.M., Kell, H., Spalding, K., DiClemente, R., Donenberg, G. and Project STYLE Study Group. Parent–Adolescent Sexual Communication: Associations of Condom Use with Condom Discussions. 2009. AIDS Behav. 13:997-1004.