“Effects of Parental Monitoring and Knowledge on Substance Use and HIV Risk Behaviors Among Young Men Who have Sex with Men: Results from Three Studies” published in AIDS and Behavior

Dr. Brian Mustanski, Greg Swann, and Dr. Michael Newcomb were recently published in AIDS and Behavior.

The article pulled from the ChiGuys, Crew 450, and RADAR studies to examine the relationship between positive parenting practices and substance use and HIV risk behaviors among young men who have sex with men (YMSM). The results of these studies of YMSM showed a reduction in binge drinking, condomless sex, and drug use when parents were knowledgeable of their children’s whereabouts and were monitoring behavioral rules.    

Findings support the need for further research on the influences of parents on YMSM health risk behaviors and the value of exploring family- and parent-interventions to address YMSM health.

Read abstract in PubMed and full article in AIDS and Behavior.