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Kathleen Rodgers


An overarching theme of my research is to explore how factors within the individual, family, and non-family environments interact and are related to adolescent health and sexual risk-taking behaviors. I have worked with health and youth organizations in communities around the nation to assist them in assessing youth needs, risks, and factors in family, school, peer and community contexts that promote or hinder positive development. My current research has two related tracks. In one, I focus on media as a cultural context that can influence adolescent and emerging adults’ sense of self, understanding of romantic relationships, and understanding of media messages that inform sexual identity, sexual scripts, and the negotiation of wanted and unwanted sexual behaviors. Current dyadic analyses of parent-adolescent communication about romantic relationships and dating violence will identify factors and strategies that best facilitate communication between parents and teens about healthy and unhealthy romantic and sexual relationships. Other quantitative and qualitative research focus on identifying the role of sexual scripts, norms, and contextual factors related to consent negotiation and sexual dating violence among teens and young adults. My research has been published in journals such as the Journal of Marriage and Family, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, and the Journal of Research on Adolescence. Recognition for my research with collaborator Dr. Stacey Hust was acknowledged with two national awards: The 2014 National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) Innovative Research Award and the 2014 Mary Ann Yodelis Smith Award for Feminist Research from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.  

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