When the publisher insisted that this essay — as well as another dealing with the erotic bond between mother and son — be removed, the editor refused, and the book was never published. This is the first time the essay has appeared in print. She was fourteen, impossibly older than me, and the object of everything I could feel at the time in the way of sexual desire. My mother says I was in such a state about Celine that I once burst into anguished tears over my unrequited infatuation with her. Celine was tall, French, and sophisticated, the incarnation of female sexual power and mystery.
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Phone: Fax: This study investigated the association between maternal depressive symptoms and adolescent engagement in sexual intercourse in a non-clinical sample of mothers and their adolescent daughters from minority families. The current study explores ways in which maternal depression, family factors, and adolescent sex interact. Data were from a cross-sectional study of mother-daughter dyads, including a subset of mothers with HIV. Neither parent-child conflict nor parental involvement significantly mediated the relationship between maternal depressive symptoms and adolescent sex. This study provides the first empirical evidence that non-clinical depressive symptoms in mothers are associated with adolescent engagement in sexual intercourse. By the 12th grade, Black As girls transition through adolescence, sexual behavior is considered normative.
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When I was in my teens, I had a sexual relationship with my mother. I think that we would both characterize the experience as positive. Please fee free to ask anything but I will not discuss anything that would reveal my identity. Recently, my mom and I spoke with a researcher that is studying example of incest that were not traumatic. He is preparing a paper on the subject. I am not an advocate for incest. For whatever reason, it worked for us.
The Add Health core in-home sample consisted of 12, students who completed in-school and in-home surveys at wave 1. Members of this sample completed a second in-home survey 9 to 18 months later at wave 2. Adolescents were most likely to perceive maternal disapproval if their mothers reported strong disapproval and if they reported being highly connected to their mothers. Numerous psychosocial theories of health behavior, 5 , 6 as well as previous empirical research, 7 , 8 suggest that the timing of first sexual intercourse is influenced by a broad array of socioenvironmental and personal factors. Among the most powerful sources of social influence are parents, siblings, sexual partners, and friends. In regard to parental influences, a recent review of empirical research highlights aspects of parent-child relations that are particularly relevant to adolescents' sexual risk behaviors. Key relationship factors include parent-child closeness and connectedness, parents' values about teen sex, and parent-child communication about sex. While some studies 15 , 16 suggest that open and frequent communication about sex is associated with teens not having sex or postponing sexual debut, other studies 13 , 17 - 19 also M. Sucoff, DrPH, unpublished data, have found neither an association between parent-child communication and adolescent sexual activity nor that more frequent parent-child communication is associated with increased risk of adolescent sexual activity. It is not often clear whether communication predates sexual activity or is a consequence of parents learning of their teens' sexual activity.