Past Press Releases

For Immediate Release: April 25, 2016

5 5 LSS Sarwar Grossman2The Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) continues its spring lunchtime seminar series with the presentation “We Talked about Sex,” “No We Didn’t”: Teen-Parent Match in Reports of Sexuality Communication by Jennifer Grossman, Ph.D. and Prioty Sarwar on Thursday, May 5, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center, Room 413, at Wellesley College.

For both teens and parents, talking about sex can be uncomfortable, but often teens and parents disagree about whether or not they have talked about sex at all. Do these disagreements point to differences in how teens experience these talks? In this presentation, Grossman and Sarwar will explore this question using qualitative data from a racially and ethnically diverse sample of 29 seventh grade students and their parents to rate teen/parent agreement about whether they have discussed sexual topics such as dating and protection methods. They will then compare how teens with low, medium, and high agreement with their parents perceive these conversations. This comparison will focus on teens’ comfort in talking with their parents about sex, their opinions about their parents’ rules and guidelines for dating and sex, and their understanding of their parents’ perspectives on sexual issues.

Jennifer Grossman, Ph.D. is a research scientist at WCW focusing on adolescent development as it relates to sexual health and risk-taking, with an emphasis on family communication about sex and relationships as well as on racial and ethnic identity. She was the lead author for a recently published study on Get Real, Planned Parenthood’s comprehensive middle school sex education program, which was found to be effective in delaying sex for boys and girls. Grossman is currently the principal investigator on two grants from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development that investigate how teens and their families talk about sex and relationships. Prioty Sarwar, Wellesley College class of 2016, is a student research intern at WCW working for Dr. Grossman.

Most lunchtime seminars are held Thursdays, 12:30–1:30 p.m. at the Centers' Cheever House location (this program will be held in the Wellesley College Campus Center). The programs are free and open to the public. Guests are invited to bring their lunches, and Wellesley Centers for Women will provide tea and coffee. Many programs are recorded and audio files are posted online at www.wcwonline.org/audioarchive. The lunchtime seminar series schedule is subject to change. To confirm program line-up, call 781.283.2500 or visitwww.wcwonline.org/calendar.

The Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) is the largest academic, women-and gender-focused, social-change-driven, research-and-action institute in the United States, located at Wellesley College. Scholars at WCW advance gender equality, social justice, and human wellbeing through high-quality research, theory, and action programs. Areas of work include: Education, Economic Security, Mental Health, Youth and Adolescent Development, and Gender-Based Violence.