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Worksite Program Helps Parents Promote Sexual Health Among Their Adolescents


Host Institution
University of California, Los Angeles (previous center): UCLA/RAND Prevention Research Center

Health Topics
Healthy youth | Sexual health

Researchers designed and are testing a program to help parents become comfortable and competent discussing sexual issues with their adolescents (grades 6 through 10). The program’s overall goal is to reduce sexual risk behaviors and promote healthy sexual development among adolescents. Parents attend eight 1-hour sessions where they learn how to build sound relationships with their children, be effective listeners, and help their children be assertive and make appropriate decisions related to sexual situations. All sessions are held over the lunch hour at selected work sites in Los Angeles County where the parents are employed. Preliminary results show good attendance and high satisfaction with the program. Future analyses will reveal the extent to which parents used skills learned in the program and whether the program influenced adolescents’ sexual behavior.
Research Setting
Race or Ethnicity
No specific focus
No specific focus
Age Group
Adolescents (12-17 years) | Adults (25-49 years)
Related Prevention Strategy
Work Site Parenting Program Promotes Communication about Sexual Health between Parents and their Adolescents

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Principal Investigator
Mark A Schuster

Project Identifier
Core Project (1998-2004)

Funding Source
PRC Program

Project Status
Not active