This report from the Population Council study “Youth in India: Situation and Needs” presents data from in-depth interviews with mothers and fathers of youth in six states of India regarding communication patterns. The content of parent-child—and parent-daughter—communication is typically intended to ensure that young people conform to prevailing social, gender, and relationship norms. This study, one of the first from India to probe parental perspectives, suggests that parents are indeed concerned about their children’s transition into sexual life, but are constrained by traditional norms, lack of information, and limited skills from communicating with and providing them the supportive environment needed to make this transition. Programs are urgently needed that orient both mothers and fathers, and that inform parents about effective parenting styles and the need for and importance of close communication with children, and, finally, enable them to question prevailing social, gender, and relationship norms.
Jejeebhoy, Shireen J. and K.G. Santhya. 2011. "Parent-child communication on sexual and reproductive health matters: Perspectives of mothers and fathers of youth in India." New Delhi: Population Council.
Youth in India: Situation and Needs Study