“What Should We Tell the Children About Relationships and Sex?” ©: Development of a Program for Parents Using Intervention Mapping

Newby, Katie; Bayley, Julie and Wallace, L.M. (2011). “What Should We Tell the Children About Relationships and Sex?” ©: Development of a Program for Parents Using Intervention Mapping. Health Promotion Practice, 12(2) pp. 209–228.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1524839909341028


This article describes the development of an intervention that aims to increase the quantity and quality of parent-child communication about sex and relationships. The intervention has been designed as part of a local strategic approach to teenage pregnancy and sexual health. The process and findings of Intervention Mapping (IM), a tool for the development of theory-and evidence-based interventions, are presented. The process involves a detailed assessment of the difficulties parents experience in communicating with their children about sex and relationships. The findings are translated into program and change objectives that specify what parents need to do to improve their communication. Theory-based practical strategies most likely to bring about the desired behavioral change are then identified and pretested. The intervention developed consists of a six-session facilitator-led program that targets parents' attitudes, knowledge, communication skills, and self-efficacy. Following on from Bartholomew's seminal work on IM, this article develops and extends the application of this process by presenting explicit detail on the behavioral change techniques used and their theoretical underpinnings. The strengths and weaknesses of IM as a process for the development of health behavior interventions are discussed.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 46574
  • Item Type
  • Journal Item
  • ISSN
  • 1552-6372
  • Keywords
  • teenage pregnancy; sexual health; parent–child communication; intervention mapping; sex; relationships
  • Academic Unit or School
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
  • Copyright Holders
  • © 2011 Society for Public Health Education
  • Depositing User
  • Louise Wallace