When it is your reality, it is infinitely worse. Mother-daughter sexual abuse is a topic that receives little attention from researchers, support services, or the media. The contractual version of the data includes an oversample of African American adolescents from well-educated families, as measured by at least one parent in the household having a college degree. In this article, we explore four areas of parenting as they relate to adolescent sexual behav- ior: Mothers responded to a three-item scale that assessed the frequency of their conversations with daughters about sexual values. The fact that some mothers sexually abuse their daughters is an ugly, shattering thought. For example, a study by Dittus, Jaccard, and Gordon found that African American adolescent girls who reported that their mothers had discussed issues related to the morality of premarital sex and the negative consequences of premarital sex were less likely to report being sexually active. Sexually Abusive Mothers Mothers often sexually abuse in more than one way, and act independently. Efforts were made to obtain a sample that was representative of the U. Parental Values, and Adolescent Sexual Behavior In addition to the quality of the relationship between parents and adoles- cents, evidence suggests that parent—adolescent communication about sex plays an important role in predicting adolescent sexual behavior DiIorio et al. Findings have shown that parents who report more disapproving attitudes and values about premarital sex are more likely to have adolescents who are not sexually active Hovell et al. Mother—daughter communication about general sexual topics. The Add Health study is a national study examining a range of health behaviors and health status variables. Results Table 1 shows the descriptive statistics and correlations for the study vari- ables. The sampling frame for the Add Health sample consisted of a random sample of all high schools in the United States, stratified by region of country, urbanicity, school type, and ethnicity. However, discrepant findings have raised questions about the direction of causality and about measurement approaches B. Study methodology emphasized data collection from female care- givers.