Teenage girls talk more to parents about their dating habits than boys, according to a new study. What’s more, both sexes generally prefer to talk to their mothers.
However, the new study found that girls and boys are equally close-mouthed about issues involving sex and what they do with their dates while unsupervised. And in this case, teens were no more eager to talk to their mothers than they were their fathers.
Results showed that the amount of information parents hear from their teenagers about dating depend on a variety of matters, including age, gender, and what aspect of dating the topic involves.
“Many parents become frustrated because they feel that the lack of communication with their teenage children is evidence of increasing distance or diminishing influence,” explained Christopher Daddis, co-author of the study and assistant professor of psychology at Ohio State University at Marion.
“What we found is that adolescents are willing to talk to their parents about some issues, but those issues may change as they grow older and they feel more autonomous.”
The research appeared in a recent issue of the Journal of Adolescence.
The study involved a survey of 222 adolescents in the 9th or 12th grade at a central Ohio high school.