Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)



First Advisor

Dr. Erin Bradley


African American adolescent females are disproportionately infected with HIV and other STIs. For public health purposes, it is critical that this population is examined to determine what factors may be contributing to this epidemic. Family dynamics, such as parental monitoring and communication play significant roles in the development of adolescents' positive or negative behaviors. While previous literature assessed parental monitoring among African American children, studies have not specifically addressed older African American adolescents who have begun engaging in risky behaviors such as having unprotected sex or sex with numerous partners. For the purpose of the present study, researchers sought to understand how these behaviors are associated with parental influences, or lack thereof. Secondary data analyses were performed to examine associations using baseline assessment data from African American females, ages 14-20, who were recruited from sexual health clinics to participate in a sexual risk reduction intervention trial. Results supported the hypotheses that increased parental monitoring and communication are associated with fewer sex partners and higher proportion condom use, respectively. Information gained from this study can assist parents in implementing certain practices in their households related to monitoring and communication in order to reduce risky sexual behavior exhibited by adolescent females.

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