Evaluating the short-term impact of media aware parent, a web-based program for parents with the goal of adolescent sexual health promotion
M. Scull, T., V. Malik, C., M. Keefe, E., & Schoemann, A. (2019). Evaluating the short-term impact of media aware parent, a web-based program for parents with the goal of adolescent sexual health promotion. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 48(9), 1686-1706. doi:10.1007/s10964-019-01077-0
Objectives: Assess the short-term effects of Media Aware Parent on parent–adolescent communication, adolescent sexual health outcomes, and media-related outcomes across a one-month timeframe.
Methods: Parents were randomly assigned to the intervention (Media Aware Parent) or active control group (online access to medically accurate information on adolescent sexual health).
Results: The intervention improved parent–adolescent communication quality as rated by both parents and youth. Youth were more likely to understand that their parent did not want them to have sex at this early age. Youth reported more agency over hook-ups, more positive attitudes about sexual health communication and contraception/protection, and more self-efficacy to use contraception/protection, if they decide to have sexual activity. The intervention improved media literacy skills in both parents and youth, and resulted in youth being more aware of family media rules.
Conclusions: Media Aware Parent is an effective web-based program for parents seeking to enhance parent–adolescent communication and media mediation, and positively impact their adolescents’ sexual health outcomes.