College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Theses and Dissertations

Graduation Date

12-2010

Document Type

Dissertation

College/Department Conferring Degree

Psychology

Keywords

HIV/AIDS, Prevention, Communication, Sexually Transmitted Infection, Kenya

Abstract

The present study focused on young women, and the manner in which communication with their mothers may facilitate decreased sexual risk behaviors in rural Kenya. With regard to sexual behaviors, Hutchinson and Wood (2007) developed the parent-based expansion of the theory of planned behavior (PETPB). The PETPB is a theoretical framework that builds upon the theory of planned behavior, to include the influence of parents in understanding adolescent sexual risk behavior. The present study was guided by the PETPB and explored communication, knowledge of sexuality and sexual health, and preventative behaviors among rural secondary school aged Kenyan young women (15 to 19 years) and their mothers.

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