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Premarital sex and unwanted pregnancy was a major public health problem in Thailand. This study aimed to assess sexual communication skills between parents and their adolescent children. Sample were female parents living in Meung District, Khampangpeth Province. A purposive sampling technique was used to select the participants to the study. They were divided into two groups: an experimental group and a control group of 45 people per arm. The participants in the experimental group and the control group were recruited from two different villages. The study was conducted in the Landokmai Sub-district, Meung District, Khampangpeth Province, Thailand. Research instruments included the intervention (a program on developing the premarital sex and unwanted pregnancy prevention, and the questionnaire. Frequencies, percentages, mean, and standard deviations were used to analyze data. Also, the Mann-Whitney U test, and Wilcoxon signed rank test were used to make comparisons.
Results showed that at baseline, there were no significant difference in knowledge of sexual education, attitude of sexual communication, perceived self-efficacy of sexual communication, perceived outcomes of sexual communication, and sexual communication skills between the intervention and control groups. After intervention, the intervention group improved five aspects from the baseline and were significantly higher than the control group (p < .05). These results indicate that the program would be applied to change the sexual communication skills among female parents and their adolescent children for premarital sex and unwanted pregnancy prevention in other target groups.
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