The nature of parent-adolescent communication about relationships
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Although much is known about how parents and adolescents communicate about sex, less is known about their conversations regarding relationships and whether the patterns for those communications are similar to those for sex. This study explores the nature of parent-adolescent communications about relationships and the factors that facilitate and inhibit such communications. A convenience sample of 170 females, 18-23 years of age, completed a retrospective survey assessing the nature of their communication experiences with their parents about sex and relationships during their adolescent years. Results of this study suggest that the patterns of communication about relationships and sex are similar: respondents turned mostly to their mothers to discuss these topics, albeit not frequently; the range of topics discussed were limited and general; more positive parent-adolescent relationships facilitated more frequent discussions; and the barriers inhibiting these communications were common. Implications for programs and future research are shared.