Male and Female Familial Approaches to Black Women's Sexual Socialization and Communication

Student Classification

Eryn Yarrell, First Year, Biology Student

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Jeannette Wade, Sociology and Social Work, Dr. Helyne Frederick, Education at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Dr. Sharon Parker, Sociology and Social Work

Document Type


Publication Date

Spring 2023


The current study examined messages about sexual health that Black college women received from male and female loved ones. A total of 24 Black women participated in one of seven focus groups on two college campuses in the American Southeast. Our inductive thematic analysis revealed seven themes: Indirect Communication, Absence of Communication, Messages to Shield, and Prepare from male figures. The themes from female figures included: Absence of Communication, Open Communication, and Empowerment, Pleasure, and Judgment-Free communication. A seventh theme that connected across gender focused on Objectification and Gender Stereotypes. Findings of the current study suggest that there is a need for greater focus on improving family communication about sex for Black women and the need to center communication that empowers Black women and adolescents to engage in healthy sexual practices.

This document is currently not available here.