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A review of studies of parent-child communication about sexuality and HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa

Overview of attention for article published in Reproductive Health, September 2011
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Title
A review of studies of parent-child communication about sexuality and HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa
Published in
Reproductive Health, September 2011
DOI 10.1186/1742-4755-8-25
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Authors

S Bastien, LJ Kajula, WW Muhwezi

Abstract

Parent-child sexuality communication has been identified as a protective factor for adolescent sexual and reproductive health, including HIV infection. The available literature on this topic in sub-Saharan Africa is increasing; however a systematic review of studies has not been conducted. This article reviews the literature in the area of parental or caregiver and child communication about sexuality and HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. A review of peer reviewed literature published between 1980 and April 2011 was conducted. Communication process studies investigating the frequency, content, style, tone of discussions, preferences, as well as associations with and barriers to sexuality communication are reviewed. In addition, studies which examine behavioral associations with parent-child sexuality communication, and intervention studies to improve parent-child sexuality communication are examined. The findings from process studies suggest wide variation in terms of frequency of discussions, with a range of socio-demographic and other factors associated with sexuality communication. Overall, findings demonstrate that discussions tend to be authoritarian and uni-directional, characterized by vague warnings rather than direct, open discussion. Moreover, parents and young people report a number of barriers to open dialogue, including lack of knowledge and skills, as well as cultural norms and taboos. Findings are less clear when it comes to associations between parental communication and adolescent sexual activity and contraception use. However, nascent indications from intervention research suggest positive findings with increases in frequency and comfort of discussions, among other outcomes. Gaps in the research are identified and discussed with implications for future studies.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
South Africa 3 <1%
Netherlands 2 <1%
Ethiopia 1 <1%
Kenya 1 <1%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
New Zealand 1 <1%
Taiwan 1 <1%
Nigeria 1 <1%
Spain 1 <1%
Other 1 <1%
Unknown 432 97%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 94 21%
Researcher 56 13%
Student > Ph. D. Student 55 12%
Student > Bachelor 38 9%
Student > Postgraduate 33 7%
Other 83 19%
Unknown 86 19%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Social Sciences 110 25%
Medicine and Dentistry 92 21%
Nursing and Health Professions 53 12%
Psychology 39 9%
Arts and Humanities 15 3%
Other 38 9%
Unknown 98 22%

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 39. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 06 May 2022.
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