Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Psychology



First Advisor

Gary Stoner


The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between perceived parental knowledge, perceived parental monitoring and risky behaviors among rural Black adolescents in the United States. The health-risk behaviors of concern were sexual behavior, drug and alcohol usage, and violence. Using a sample of 62 Black parent and adolescents from rural communities, parents' perceptions of adolescent risk behaviors were compared with adolescent reports of risky behaviors. Additionally, the relationship between parental monitoring and knowledge, relative to adolescent self-reported risk was examined. Results indicated that parents possessed a high accuracy regarding their adolescent’s engagement in sexual activity, violent behaviors and drug and alcohol use. Parental monitoring however did not predict adolescent engagement in sexual intercourse, violence, drugs, and alcohol use or combined risk.



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