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The purpose of this research was to systematically examine the correlation between the levels of relationship and interactive communication within Thai families and the guidance on safe sexual intercourse and intended pregnancy of family with teenage children. The information of this quantitative research was based on “An Investigatory Project regarding family well-being in Thailand with Model to Create Warm-hearted Family A.D. 2014”, conducted by National Institute for Child and Family Development, Mahidol University under the provision of funding by Thai Family Study Association. A sample group of four thousand residents in Thailand was selected to participate. However, this research focused only on families with teenage children between 13 and 17 years of age. Thus, the number of participants in this study was 1,689 residents in total. Data were analyzed with descriptive statistics and binary logistic regression.
The results showed that levels of family relationship, levels of family communication, genders of adolescences and types of family were found to be significantly associated with the guidance on safe sexual intercourse and intended pregnancy of family with teenage children (p-value <0.05). When controlling demographic, socio-economic, and social variables, the results of the study have reflected that raising parental awareness to establish good relationship and effective communication within family is highly recommended. This includes having more sexual health or “sex-ed” talks with teenage children. With this approach, adolescences can gain the proper knowledge to engage in safe and appropriate sexual behavior and to become responsible adults in the future.
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