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Adolescent sex risk: implications for mental health in emerging adulthood

PUBLISHED October 10, 2023 (DOI: https://doi.org/10.54985/peeref.2310p7909025)



Corinne Archibald1 , Meg Jankovich1 , Laura Padilla-Walker1
  1. BYU

Conference / event

2023 SSEA, June 2023 (San Diego, United States)

Poster summary

Youth are more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviors than adults (Ciocanel et al., 2017), and risky sexual behaviors can impact mental health outcomes into adulthood (Prendergast et al., 2019; Yue et al., 2017) However, parent-child sex communication (Kaestle et al., 2021) along with parental warmth (Shneyderman & Schwartz, 2012) have been linked to safer sex (Steele et al., 2020). Our study investigates the impact of parent-child sex communication and parental warmth on sexual risk reduction, and subsequent emerging adult mental health outcomes.


Sex communication, Sex risk, Parental warmth, Mental health, Emerging adults, Adolescence

Research areas

Humanities and Social Sciences, Psychology and Behavioral Sciences


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Competing interests
No competing interests were disclosed.
Data availability statement
Data sharing not applicable to this poster as no datasets were generated or analyzed during the current study.
Creative Commons license
Copyright © 2023 Archibald et al. This is an open access work distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Archibald, C., Jankovich, M., Padilla-Walker, L. Adolescent sex risk: implications for mental health in emerging adulthood [not peer reviewed]. Peeref 2023 (poster).
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