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Acculturation presents challenges to many immigrant parents that are adjusting to new lives in the United States. The rationale for conducting this study stemmed from the effects that acculturation can have on the wellbeing of immigrants, adversely affecting their health outcomes. The purpose of this study was to explore the perceptions of Sub-Saharan African immigrant parents concerning having a conversation with their pre-adolescent children about sexuality and sexual practices. Findings revealed communication barriers due to cultural beliefs, cultural taboos, and shame. The findings from this study are beneficial to behavioral healthcare providers that work with immigrant families, parents, and children. The findings may help professionals working with immigrant families promote healthy conversations about sexuality between immigrant parents and their adolescent children.

Keywords: Sub-Saharan African families, counseling immigrant parents, sexual health communication, acculturation, cultural taboos



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