Parental Monitoring Tied to Less Risky Sexual Behaviors in Teens
In a recent study, watchful parents had teens who engaged in fewer risky sexual behaviors.
Researchers pooled data from 30 studies published between 1984 and 2014 about adolescent sexual risk and parental monitoring. The studies were as small as 106 participants and as large as 10,575, with ages ranging from 10 to 17.
A higher level of general parental monitoring, being knowledgeable about their children’s activities and enforcing rules were tied to adolescents waiting to have sex and to increased use of condoms and contraceptives.