Parent-adolescent communication about sex in rural India: U.S.-India collaboration to prevent adolescent HIV.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

In this article, we examine parent-adolescent communication about sex among rural Indian youth and their parents. We conducted in-depth interviews (N = 40) with mothers, fathers, and adolescent boys and girls aged 14 to 18 years in a rural community in Maharashtra, India. In the context of key cultural factors, including gender-related norms, we explore issues of sexual health and critically assess widely held beliefs that Indian parents are unwilling or unable to discuss sex-related topics with their children. Our findings suggest that despite communication barriers, e.g., lack of knowledge and cultural proscriptions, Indian families are interested in and willing to communicate about sex-related topics. Future research should seek to determine the viability of family-based HIV prevention interventions for Indian adolescents.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Guilamo-Ramos, V; Soletti, AB; Burnette, D; Sharma, S; Leavitt, S; McCarthy, K

Published Date

  • June 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 22 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 788 - 800

PubMed ID

  • 22232297

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3343220

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1049-7323

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/1049732311431943


  • eng