Parental perspectives on sources of sex information for young people

Kathryn Allen Lagus, Debra H. Bernat, Linda H. Bearinger, Michael D. Resnick, Marla E. Eisenberg

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Purpose To examine parental perspectives toward sources of sex information. Methods Interviews were conducted with 1605 parents. Results Most parents indicated that youth should receive information from their parents; however, in reality, believe they obtain most of their information from friends and the media. Conclusion Nearly all parents want young people to receive information about sex from their parents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-89
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Adolescent Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2011

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors thank Karen Virnig and Todd Rockwood for their contributions to the study. This research was supported by the Irvine McQuarrie Research Scholar Award at the University of Minnesota, the University of Minnesota's Healthy Youth Development-Prevention Research Center, Cooperative Agreement Number U48/DP000063 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP), sponsored by the University of Minnesota. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


  • Parents
  • Sex education
  • Sex information


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