Who’s asking the important questions? Sexual topics discussed among young pregnant couples.

TitleWho's asking the important questions? Sexual topics discussed among young pregnant couples.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsAlbritton, T., Fletcher K. Day, Divney A., Gordon D., Magriples U., & Kershaw T. S.
JournalJ Behav Med
Volume37
Issue6
Pagination1047-56
Date Published2014 Dec
ISSN1573-3521
KeywordsAdolescent, Communication, Family Characteristics, Family Health, Female, Humans, Interpersonal Relations, Male, Models, Psychological, Pregnancy, Residence Characteristics, Sex Characteristics, Unsafe Sex, Young Adult
Abstract

<p>The aim was to examine gender differences in sexual risk communication among young couples and factors influencing communication. Sample consisted of 296 young pregnant couples. We assessed individual, interpersonal, and community factors on sexual risk communication. The Actor-Partner Independence Model was used to assess actor and partner effects on sexual risk communication. For actor effects, being female, older, not being Hispanic, and higher condom use self-efficacy was associated with sexual risk communication. The significant partner effect was avoidant romantic attachment. Gender interactions were significant for high risk behaviors and family functioning. High risk behaviors and family functioning were associated with sexual risk communication for females but not for males. The study emphasizes the need to promote sexual risk communication among young high risk couples, particularly for males. Family support could serve as a catalyst for sexual risk communication and other sexual protective behaviors among young couples.</p>

DOI10.1007/s10865-013-9539-0
Alternate JournalJ Behav Med
PubMed ID24043405
PubMed Central IDPMC3956747
Grant List1R01MH075685 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
5P30MH062294 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
L60 MD007220 / MD / NIMHD NIH HHS / United States
P30 MH062294 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
R01 MH075685 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
T32 MH020031 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
T32MH020031 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States