One such explanation is that monitoring alone may be insufficient to encourage risk-reducing behavior.
Parents may also need to engage their children in specific communication about sexual risks.
Half of what they both want from the outcome is contrasting, but half of what they both want is exactly the same.
So they come to a compromise, and they go in the direction that they both want, which results in: sex.
Recent theories emphasize the important role that parents can play by encouraging less favorable attitudes in their children toward risky behavior and ultimately less socializing in risky peer groups.
It is estimated that more than 80% of the families are headed by a single parent and that virtually all the families are at or below official poverty levels and are African American.
Whether they discuss it or don’t, the fact remains, they half disagree.
Before they get to their ‘somewhere down the line’, they arrive at it. Here’s an all too common story: And now it’s awkward.
These findings suggest that increased parental monitoring may be a much less effective strategy in settings where early sexual initiation is common.
Despite the lack of evidence supporting the protective role of parents in high-risk settings, other explanations for the limited effects of monitoring should also be considered.