Latino parents' plans to communicate about sexuality with their children

J Health Commun. 2013 Aug;18(8):931-42. doi: 10.1080/10810730.2012.757397. Epub 2013 Apr 4.


This study investigated 86 Latino parents' intentions to communicate about sexuality issues with their children. They reported on their history of sexuality education, when they would first discuss sexuality-related topics, and their perceived effectiveness of each topic. Compared with a sample of Caucasian parents, Latino parents intended to discuss sexual abuse/molestation at an earlier age, but planned to discuss human reproduction, intercourse, and AIDS at significantly later ages. Suggestions for assisting Latino parents with communications regarding sexuality topics are provided.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Child
  • Communication*
  • Female
  • Hispanic Americans / psychology*
  • Hispanic Americans / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Intention*
  • Male
  • Parent-Child Relations / ethnology*
  • Parents / psychology*
  • Sex Education / methods*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires