The rates of early and risky sexual behaviors of adolescents and the glamorization of risky sexual behavior in media suggest the need for new evidence-based, comprehensive sex education programs for adolescents.
Parents serve as major socialization agents for their teens, and they can help improve their children’s outcomes through effective parent-child communication about sexual health topics and media influences. Unfortunately, many parents do not feel comfortable talking about sex or contraception with their children. Furthermore, parents did not necessarily receive formal media literacy education and could benefit from skills development themselves.
This project developed Media Aware Parent (MAP), a web application intervention designed to provide parents with media mediation skills, sexual health knowledge, and practice in parent-adolescent communication.
Hurst, J. L., Scull, T., & Dodson, C. (2022, November). Modeling Dyadic Effects in the Associations Between Importance and Comfort of Parent-Adolescent Sexual Health Communication: An APIM Approach. Brief report to be presented at the Scientific Study of Sexuality Conference, Vancouver, Canada.
Scull, T.M., Keefe, E., & Malik, C.V. (2017, May). The birds, the bees, and Kim Kardashian: Engaging and equipping parents to navigate sex and media with adolescents. Workshop presented at the SHIFT NC Annual Conference: Greensboro, NC.