A Randomized Controlled Trial of an Intervention to Help Parents Communicate to Children about Sexuality

Teo, Sarah (). A Randomized Controlled Trial of an Intervention to Help Parents Communicate to Children about Sexuality Professional Doctorate, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Teo, Sarah
Thesis Title A Randomized Controlled Trial of an Intervention to Help Parents Communicate to Children about Sexuality
School, Centre or Institute School of Psychology
Institution The University of Queensland
Thesis type Professional Doctorate
Supervisor Associate Professor Alina Morawska
Total pages 127
Total black and white pages 127
Language eng
Subjects 1701 Psychology
Abstract/Summary Most parents acknowledge their role as sexuality educators, yet often feel that they lack the skills and confidence in effectively communicating to their children about sexuality. The present study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of a brief, group-based parenting intervention for parents of children aged 3 to 10 years in improving parental communication about sexuality with their children. A 2 (intervention vs. control) by 3 (baseline, 4-week follow-up, 3-month follow-up) design was used, with parents randomly allocated to either the intervention or control group. The intervention comprised of a single session, two-hour parent discussion-group on how to positively communicate to their children about sexuality. Parental behaviours, self-efficacy, beliefs and attitudes about sexuality communication with their children were the primary outcome measures of this study. Secondary outcome measures included parental knowledge, comfort and child behaviours. Eighty-three parents completed assessment measures across three time-points and their data were used in the final analyses. Parents in the intervention group reported (i) greater sexuality teaching behaviours; (ii) increased self-efficacy in using sexuality teaching strategies; and (iii) decreased negative beliefs and attitudes about child sexuality communication, relative to parents in the control group, at the 4-week follow-up, with the effects being maintained after three months. No significant differences between parents in the intervention and control groups were found for the outcomes on parental knowledge, comfort and child behaviours. These findings support the effectiveness of a brief parenting discussion-group in improving sexuality communication between parents and children. Further research is needed to expand on the generalisability of the present study’s findings.
Keyword child sexuality
communication
parenting
sexuality education
brief intervention
randomized controlled trial
Australia

 
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Created: Tue, 04 Apr 2017, 15:42:03 EST by Sarah Teo on behalf of Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences