Parents' views on sexual debut among pre-teen children in Washington, DC

Leslie R. Walker, Allison Rose, Claudia Squire, Helen P. Koo

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Objective: Present US parents' perceptions about factors leading to early intercourse and strategies for overcoming them. Methods: Conducted analysis of eight focus groups with 78 male and female African-American and Hispanic caregivers of fifth-graders and sixth-graders (ages 10-12). Results: Participants gave the following primary reasons for early sexual activity: lack of structured activities, adult supervision, and communication; and influence of peers, society, and media. They suggested strategies targeting these reasons, and the need for parents, schools, and the community to work together. Conclusion: Incorporating parents' perspectives would help tailor interventions to the needs of the target population and increase parental support.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)169-185
Number of pages17
JournalSex Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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