• Journal Article

Effects of media campaign messages targeting parents on adolescent sexual beliefs: a randomized controlled trial with a national sample

Citation

Palen, L-A., Ashley, O., Gard, J. C., Kan, M., Davis, K., & Evans, W. D. (2011). Effects of media campaign messages targeting parents on adolescent sexual beliefs: a randomized controlled trial with a national sample. Family & Community Health, 34(1), 28-38.

Abstract

Using a randomized controlled trial, this study evaluated the effects of media messages targeting parents on the sexual beliefs of 404 adolescents. The messages aimed to increase parent-child communication about waiting to initiate sexual activity. Compared with children of unexposed parents, children of parents exposed to media messages were more likely to believe that teen sexual activity is psychologically harmful. However, effects varied by parent and adolescent gender; treatment effects were only significant among adolescents whose opposite-sex parent was exposed. Parent exposure strengthened beliefs that teen sexual activity is physically harmful only among adolescents with at least 1 sexually active friend