Date of Graduation

Spring 5-18-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)


School of Nursing and Health Professions


Clinical Psychology (PsyD)

First Advisor

June Madsen Clausen, PhD

Second Advisor

Brac Selph, PsyD

Third Advisor

Sara Horton-Deutsch, PhD


This is a qualitative study of parents who shared their experiences discussing body safety and consent with their children. Twelve parents participated in a semi-structured interview, and conventional content analysis was used to analyze the data. There were five common themes that emerged from the data, with several categories within each theme: (1) parental motivation for engaging in discussions about bodies, consent, and sex; (2) teaching and modeling body safety and consent in the home; (3) variation of language used to discuss boundaries, bodies, behavior, and consent; (4) potential barriers to having parent-child conversations; and, (5) other factors that impact parent-child conversations about body safety and consent. The discussion of the findings focuses on the experiences of parents and how they conceptualize and communicate body safety and consent to their children.