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Journal of Emerging Trends in Economics and Management Sciences (JETEMS)

ISSN: 2141-7024


Article Title:
The Role of Household Power Relation on Parent-Child Communication and Adolescent Sexual Health in Ondo State, Nigeria
by Olusanya, O.O.(Ph.D)

Parent-child communication is a product of household power relations which significantly influence household violence and justice practices with their resultant effects on adolescents? sexual health. Previous studies on adolescent sexual health largely attributed it to peer influence. Little or no studies exist on the role of household power relation on parent-child communication and adolescent sexual health. The study examined the influence of household power relations on parent-adolescent sexual communication, particularly the implications for adolescents? sexual health in Ondo State within the triads of fathers, mothers and adolescents. Survey questionnaire was administered to 322 parents and 161 adolescents selected through a multi-stage sampling technique. Twenty in-depth interviews (IDIs) were conducted with adolescents and both of their parents. The majority, 62.1% and 69.6% of fathers and mothers respectively, had positive attitude to parent-child sexual communication, while most adolescents (98.8%) had negative attitude. Further, patriarchal dominance privileges men over women in sexual issues and this power relation negatively influenced household practice of parent-child sexual communication. It was strongly indicated that, chastity is generally perceived to be rather about girls and woman. This has largely influenced and shaped the role of contemporary men and fathers in the sexual socialization of their children. Also, social and cultural norms do not only impede open and receptive parent-child sexual discussion in Ondo State but it?s also disadvantageous to the boy child sexual socialization. There is need for early and friendly family sexual interaction as a strategy for breaking the cultural stereotype inhibiting open and receptive parent-child sexual communication for raising sexually healthy adolescents.
Keywords: patriarchy, parent-child communication, adolescents, sexual health and ondo state
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