Why Not Communicate? Young Women’s Reflections on Their Lack of Communication with Sexual Partners regarding Sex and Contraception

By Kimberly A. Parker and Bobi Ivanov.

Published by The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society

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This study examines young women’s sexual communication (or lack thereof) with sexual partners, reflecting upon perceptions of their sexual communication behavior currently and during adolescence. Thirty-seven (37) women between the ages of 19 and 25 were interviewed and transcripts were analyzed. The results suggest that young women lack the communication skills to navigate sexual situations; overall, while the women indicated they were engaging in sexual behavior, they were not comfortable or efficacious in their ability to discuss the subject.

Keywords: Sex and Contraception, Sexual Communication, Communication Skills, Sexual Situations, Efficacy

The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp.93-109. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 446.410KB).

Kimberly A. Parker

Associate Professor, Department of Communication, Bellarmine University, Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Kimberly Parker’s research interest concern message processing, resistance to influence and adolescent romantic and sexual communication. Parker has co-authored journal articles appearing in different journals including Human Communication Research, Communication Research, Communication Monographs, Communication Research Reports, Journal of Communication, Health Communication, Communication Quarterly, Communication Studies, and Central Business Review.

Bobi Ivanov

Associate Professor, School of Journalism and Telecommunications, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, USA

Bobi Ivanov’s research interests concern the influence of persuasive communication, message processing, and resistance to influence, particularly the uses of inoculation. Ivanov has co-authored journal articles appearing in different journals including Communication Monographs, Human Communication Research, Communication Research, Journal of Communication, Health Communication, Communication Research Reports, Communication Reports, Communication Yearbook, and Central Business Review.