No More Birds and Bees: A Process Approach to Parent-Child Sexual Communication

A. Tina Coffelt, N. Loreen Olson
2014 Annals of the International Communication Association  
In this chapter, we present conjoined models of parent-child sexual communication. These models rely on communication privacy management theory to show how sexual information is contained within individual privacy boundaries and shared when a question is asked. Information is revealed in little bits and pieces over the course of a child's development. Privacy boundary permeability opens, and the circumference of privacy boundaries expands over time. During a specific interaction, parents and
more » ... ldren regulate how much information they share. These models apply to parent-child relationships where sexual communication is accomplished, recognizing that many parents and children never or rarely talk about sex. Disciplines
doi:10.1080/23808985.2014.11679163 fatcat:65oyozgzc5a4nd2b3jbztlbi5u