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07-06-2018 | Empirical Research

Parenting, Communication about Sexuality, and the Development of Adolescent Womens’ Sexual Agency: A Longitudinal Assessment

Auteurs: Verena Klein, Inga Becker, Aleksandar Štulhofer

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Youth and Adolescence | Uitgave 7/2018

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Abstract

Sexual agency (i.e., the ability to make decisions and assertions related to one’s own sexuality) is associated with sexual health enhancing outcomes. Given that young women are expected to act passively, rather than with agency when it comes to sexual encounters, the present study aimed to explore whether parental support, knowledge, and communication about sexuality during late adolescence contribute to an enhancement of sexual agency in a sample of young women in the long-term. Using a longitudinal design (panel study), 320 female participants who participated in three data collection waves (T1, T2, and T5) were included in the analyses (Mage = 16.2 years, SD = 0.50 at baseline). Mediated by the frequency of parents’ communication about sexuality with their daughters, both dimensions of parental support (emotional engagement and support of autonomy) positively predicted adolescent women’s sexual agency two years later. In contrast, parental knowledge of their children’s whereabouts was unrelated to communication and female sexual agency. Specific dimensions of parenting seem to play a crucial role in empowering adolescent girls to act agentic through communicating, emotional support, and encouraging autonomy, which in turn may contribute to healthy sexual behavior in young adulthood.
Voetnoten
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The present study follows suit to this theoretical idea by using the term ‘‘parental knowledge.’’
 
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Unlike 3 or 4-year vocational schools, 4-year gymnasiums prepare adolescents for tertiary education. Compared to the former, the latter have more competitive admission criteria and are generally considered more prestigious.
 
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Metagegevens
Titel
Parenting, Communication about Sexuality, and the Development of Adolescent Womens’ Sexual Agency: A Longitudinal Assessment
Auteurs
Verena Klein
Inga Becker
Aleksandar Štulhofer
Publicatiedatum
07-06-2018
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Youth and Adolescence / Uitgave 7/2018
Print ISSN: 0047-2891
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-6601
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-018-0873-y

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