Ongoing since 2013

Project Director: Jennifer Grossman, Ph.D.

Funded by: National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Child Health and Human Development

Project Description:

This investigation will longitudinally explore continuity and change in teen-family sexual communication over teens' transition to high school, extend parent-teen dyadic studies of family sexual communication to encompass broader family networks, and study the potential of teen-family sexual communication to protect teens against the unhealthy consequences of early sexual initiation. It will also look at the role of teen and adult family member gender in shaping sexual communication and its influence on teen sexual behavior.