ERIC Number: ED259237
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr-26
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Defining Sexuality among Female Black Inner-City Young Adolescents.
Gershenson, Harold P.; Handler, Arden
Adolescents are able to respond correctly to questions about pregnancy risk and contraceptive use, yet still engage in risk-taking behavior. One explanation for this phenomenon may be the existence of a personal fable. To explore the existence of the personal fable in inner-city female adolescents, 22 eighth grade black females in Chicago completed two tests. The first, the Ability to Say No in a Pressured Sexual Situation Scale, consists of 12 stories describing situations in which an inner-city female might find herself in relation to males. The girls first responded to the stories for a girl-friend, and then for themselves. The second instrument measured the girls' perceptions of future life choices. They again responded for a girl-friend and for themselves. The results showed the girls were capable of accurately describing life in their neighborhood and their friends' probable responses to sexual pressure, but also were able to maintain that what happens to others will not happen to them. While this research supports the concept of a personal fable as one aspect of the early adolescent's sexual identity, longitudinal research is needed. (KGB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: Illinois State Dept. of Children and Family Services, Springfield.
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois (Chicago)