Teen-Family Sexuality Communication, 6 United States urban schools, 2017-2018 (ICPSR 37918)

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Jennifer M. Grossman, Wellesley College. Wellesley Centers for Women


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The primary focus of the survey was three major constructs related to sexuality communication and attitudes: direct communication, indirect communication, and attitudes about sex. Teens were asked to respond to questions about their parents and extended family for questions about direct and indirect communication and attitudes about sex. Teens were also asked about their own attitudes about sex. The survey collected information such as the participant's demographics and connections with family members and teens' sexual behavior.

Grossman, Jennifer M. Teen-Family Sexuality Communication, 6 United States urban schools, 2017-2018. Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2020-11-16. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR37918.v1

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United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (R21HD088955)

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Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research

2017 -- 2018
2017 -- 2018

The purpose of this study is to investigate family sexuality communication with teens.

The online administered Teen-Family Sexuality Communication Survey followed two key definitions: the parental/guardian living situation and the extended family. The survey used a participant's response to who they live with to organize the flow of the survey. The study team assessed which extended family members participants talked with about sex and relationships, or if they did not talk with extended family which extended family member they felt closest with.

The key survey constructs were direct communication and indirect communication, attitudes about sex, demographics, and closeness and comfort talking about sex.

Data for this study was obtained from 11th and 12th grade students at six urban schools. Schools were recruited through school and district offices. A survey was administered online, using Qualtrics. A total of 952 surveys were collected.


11th and 12th grade students in the United States.



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