Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 54, Issue 5, pp 1810–1825 | Cite as

Beliefs About Sex and Parent–Child–Church Sex Communication Among Church-Based African American Youth

  • Erin Moore
  • Jannette Berkley-Patton
  • Alexandria Bohn
  • Starlyn Hawes
  • Carole Bowe-Thompson
Original Paper


Parent–child sex communication has been shown to be protective against sexual risk among African American youth. The current study sought to use the theory of planned behavior as a framework for focus group discussions (N = 54 youth participants aged 12–19 years) to explore church youths’ (a) sex beliefs and values (attitudes), (b) sources and evaluation of sex communication and education (subjective norms), (c) facilitator/barriers to adolescent sexual risk reduction and communication behaviors (perceived behavioral control), and (d) intentions to engage in these behaviors. Additionally, participants identified strategies for consideration in developing tailored parent–child–church sex communication education programs for use in African American churches. Themes suggested both positive and negative attitudes toward premarital sex and parents and churches as key sources of sex education and communication. Strategies to enhance parent–child–church sex communication are discussed in the context of these findings.


Adolescents African American Church Sexual behavior Sex education 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Erin Moore
    • 1
  • Jannette Berkley-Patton
    • 2
  • Alexandria Bohn
    • 2
  • Starlyn Hawes
    • 3
  • Carole Bowe-Thompson
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyStetson UniversityDelandUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Missouri-Kansas CityKansas CityUSA
  3. 3.Department of Rehabilitation MedicineUniversity of Washington Medical CenterSeattleUSA

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