6) for all 17 topics whereas the average communication between father and daughter covered only about one-third of the topics (5.5). On average, mothers and sons talked about less than half of the topics (6.5) but still exceeded the mean number of topics discussed between fathers and sons (5.9). These differences “persisted across the three types of communication” with only slight variations except that “daughters were more likely than sons to engage in high factual communication with at least one parent and by a large margin”. Three-quarters of the daughters versus only half of the sons agreed with at least one parent about having communicated the topics in each category although disparity “was most evident with factual and oral communication”. Sons and parents were least likely to have discussed moral issues and most likely to discuss sociosexual issues.
As sexual educators, there were found to be “substantial differences between mothers and fathers as agents of sexual socialization, and this resulted in the imbalance of communication between sons and daughters. “Mothers were more likely than fathers to discuss birth control, adolescent pregnancy, and sexual morality with both sons and daughters” but more so with daughters. Thus a communication gap for sons exists, which is not filled by fathers either. Parent-Adolescent Communication About Sex.
Work CitedNolin, Mary and Petersen, Karen Kay. Gender Differences in Parent-Child Communication About Sexuality: An Exploratory Study. Journal of Adolescent Research, Vol. 7 No. 1, (January 1992): pp. 59-79. Sage publications, Inc.
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