Especially for daughters: parent education to address alcohol and sex-related risk taking among urban young adolescent girls

Health Promot Pract. 2010 May;11(3 Suppl):70S-8S. doi: 10.1177/1524839909355517.


This study evaluates the Especially for Daughters intervention, which aims to provide urban Black and Latino parents with information and skills to support their daughters in delaying sexual initiation and alcohol use. In a randomized field trial, 268 families with sixth-graders were recruited from New York City public schools and assigned either to the intervention, a set of audio CDs mailed home; an attention-controlled condition (print materials); or controls. Girls completed classroom baseline and three follow-up surveys, and telephone surveys were conducted with parents. At follow-up, girls in the intervention reported fewer sexual risks (adjusted odds ratio [AOR] = 0.39, confidence interval [CI] = 0.17-0.88) and less drinking (AOR = 0.38, CI = 0.15-0.97, p < .05). Their parents reported greater self-efficacy to address alcohol and sex and more communication on these topics. This gender-specific parent education program was for communities with high rates of HIV, where early sexual onset is common and often fueled by alcohol.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior / psychology*
  • Alcohol Drinking / epidemiology*
  • Alcohol Drinking / psychology
  • Black or African American
  • Child
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • HIV Infections / prevention & control
  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Humans
  • Male
  • New York
  • Parents / education*
  • Poverty
  • Risk-Taking*
  • Schools
  • Sexual Behavior / psychology
  • Sexual Behavior / statistics & numerical data*
  • Urban Population