Sexuality and Contemporary Issues in Black Parenting

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Negotiating the burgeoning sexuality of adolescent children is an age-old challenge for parents of every cultural background. Contemporary parents must also manage increasingly sexualized social media that allow children and adolescents to be sexually engaged in unprecedented ways. For Black parents, this quandary is exacerbated by racism and internalized racism-often expressed through the hypersexualization of African American males and females in music, videos, advertising, and popular culture in general. Additionally, as more diversity regarding sexual orientation in African American families emerges, the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and questioning (LGBTQ) Black adolescents must be addressed This article will outline a conceptual framework for consideration of these issues and make recommendations to assist Black parents in successfully guiding Black adolescents through the development of safe and healthy sexuality.
Original languageAmerican English
JournalJournal of Human Behavior in The Social Environment
StatePublished - Feb 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Black children and adolescents
  • effective parenting
  • sexual risk behavior


  • Social Media
  • Psychology
  • Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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