||School of Human Services and Sciences
Among hearing youth transitioning into adulthood, communication with their parents is a major factor influencing the development of knowledge, attitudes, and behavior (Eisenberg et al., 2006; Heisler, 2005; Jaccard et al., 2002; Shtarkshall et al., 2007). Parents and other adults can play a critical role in fostering or undermining a child’s sexual health learning (Knafo-Noam & Schwartz, 2004). Very few studies have investigated the experiences of deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) youth concerning communication about sexual health knowledge and attitudes with their parents. Furthermore, little is known about which parent-youth communication approaches are likely to foster greater knowledge, as well as healthier attitudes and behavior toward sexual health among DHH emerging adults. Thus, this research project attempts to explore the relationship between past and present communication practices among parents and their DHH emerging adults’ sexual health knowledge and attitudes.