Few parent-adolescent discussions elicit as strong a reaction from both parties as the discussion about sexual activity. Yet research has shown this to be a critical discussion among parents and children. New research from the University of Missouri-Columbia suggests that when it comes to “the talk,” older siblings can play a vital role in helping adolescents make safer sexual choices.
Amanda Kolburn, assistant professor of human development and family studies at MU, examined the role that older siblings play in protecting teens from engaging in unsafe sexual practices. Kolburn, along with Lynn Pike of Mississippi State University, conducted a study on the sexual attitudes and behaviors of more than 1,000 adolescents from 20 midwestern high schools.
“Siblings often share similar experiences and perspectives and may be more likely to understand each other’s viewpoints than those of adults,” Kolburn said. “Because of the unique nature of sibling relationships, brothers and sisters can be important role models.”
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