Research participation provides adolescents and parents a launching pad for conversations

Jenny K.R. Francis, Sara E. Landers, Carmen Radecki Breitkopf, Christine Mauro, Jane Chang, Marina Catallozzi, Susan L. Rosenthal

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Little is known about whether adolescent participation in sexual health research prompts adolescents and parents to have conversations about sensitive topics. One year after being presented with a hypothetical microbicide safety study, 248 adolescent-parent dyads were asked about conversations they may have had after their initial study visit. Sixty-three per cent of adolescents and 82% of parents reported having a conversation about the study. A launching conversation about broader topics (e.g. risk behaviours) was reported by 8% of adolescents and 17% of parents. Because there is evidence that conversations are occurring, researchers could provide guidance to help facilitate potentially sensitive discussions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)198-199
Number of pages2
JournalSexual Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2019


  • adolescent-parent dyads
  • communication
  • willingness to participate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases


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