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Social Cognitive Mediators of Parent-Child Sexual Communication

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Objective: To test a social cognitive behavior change model and identify mediators of the effects of the Parents Speak Up National Campaign (PSUNC) on parent-child sexual communication. Methods: Investigators used 5 waves of data from an online randomized controlled trial. Latent variables were developed based on item response theory and confirmatory factor analysis. Structural equation modeling was used to test mediation. Results: Outcome expectations mediated effects of social norms and self-efficacy on sexual communication. Other hypothesized mediators were not confirmed. Conclusions: Interventions to promote parent-child sexual communication should target outcome expectations. Future research should investigate parents' health information seeking.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2011-07-01

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