No more birds and bees: A process approach to parent-child sexual communication

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2014-05-09
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Coffelt, Tina
Olson, Loreen
Coffelt, Tina
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In this chapter, we present conjoined models of parent-child sexual communication. These models rely on communication privacy management theory to show how sexual information is contained within individual privacy boundaries and shared when a question is asked. Information is revealed in little bits and pieces over the course of a child’s development. Privacy boundary permeability opens, and the circumference of privacy boundaries expands over time. During a specific interaction, parents and children regulate how much information they share. These models apply to parent-child relationships where sexual communication is accomplished, recognizing that many parents and children never or rarely talk about sex.

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in Communication Yearbook 38 on 2014, available online: https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9781317936831. Posted with permission.

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