Dr. Tanya Boone
Department of Psychology
California State University, Bakersfield
9001 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, California 93311
Parent-Adolescent Communication and
What are the
factors that contribute to the risky behaviors of adolescents?
Do the communication patterns of parents make a difference?
Socialization of adolescents and emerging adults regarding
sensitive issues such as sexuality and drug/alcohol use has been
a major focus of my research. Specifically, using observational
methods, I have addressed the following questions:
- In what ways do the socialization
practices of parents and peers add to our understanding of
sexual risk among adolescents and emerging adults?
- What do mothers and adolescents talk
about when discussing sexuality, and how do these topics
relate to adolescents' sexual risk?
- In what ways does the quality and
affective nature of mother-adolescent sexuality
communication relate to risky adolescent sexual attitudes
to exploring parental socialization of adolescents around these
issues, I have examined the role of peers and other sources such
as schools and media. Further, I have recently begun exploring
the role of parents in the development of adolescents' and
emerging adults' spirituality.
Adolescent and Emerging Adult Relationships
What are the characteristics of adolescent
and emerging adult relationships that put them at risk?
Currently, I am working on research examining the connections
between emerging adults' friendships and their physical health.
Specifically, in my lab we are assessing emerging adults' use of
technology for interacting with friends and how the use of that
technology relates to their physical health.
Another project I am currently working on
examines emerging adults' romantic relationships. Specifically,
I am assessing the links between the importance of their
romantic relationships, the quality of their relationships, and
risky sexual behavior.