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Table 3 Parent-Child Communication about Sexual Topics, by Gender of Parent and Gender of Child

From: Mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters: gender differences in factors associated with parent-child communication about sexual topics

  Percent (%) Overall q-values
  Fathers Mothers By gender of parent By gender of teen
Communication Sons Daughters Sons Daughters Mothers of sons vs. fathers of sons Mothers of daughters vs. fathers of daughters Fathers of sons vs. fathers of daughters Mothers of sons vs. mothers of daughters
How much talked about child's being sexually active and various topics (% a great deal or a moderate amount)         
   The biology of sex and pregnancy 43.7 42.8 52.1 59.0 0.069 0.000* 0.357 0.027*
   Issues about dating and relationships 47.1 57.8 54.6 70.0 0.059 0.001* 0.021* 0.000*
   Whether to wait to be sexually active until married 43.1 48.0 48.2 61.1 0.357 0.002* 0.442 0.001*
   The moral issues of not having sex 43.8 48.3 48.6 58.5 0.457 0.029* 0.547 0.016*
   The dangers of getting an STD 43.7 45.8 51.8 57.0 0.075 0.012* 0.849 0.176
   The negative things that would happen if pregnant 48.0 52.4 49.8 58.1 0.860 0.350 0.517 0.055
   The negative impact on his/her social life because of losing the respect of others 48.0 52.4 49.8 58.1 0.860 0.350 0.517 0.055
Asked that child wait to have sex (% yes) 60.4 67.8 69.3 76.8 0.012* 0.012* 0.069 0.020*
  1. Note. STD = sexually transmitted disease.
  2. * q < .05.
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