ERIC Number: ED423494
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Femininity Ideology as a Factor in Sexual Health Outcomes of Early Adolescent Girls.
Tolman, Deborah L.; Porche, Michelle V.
Three contexts that make up girls' sexual health are explored: (1) Individual aspects are investigated using the Sexual Self-Concept Scale; (2) Relational aspects are evaluated using two sets of items created for this study; (3) The sociocultural context of sexual health is described. Working within an ecological model, this research is anchored in a feminist social constructionist analysis. Sexual health is defined as the ability to know and accept one's own feelings and to make responsible and safe choices. In discussing sexual health and risk of unintended pregnancy, the focus is on attitudinal rather than behavioral factors of risk and health because only a small portion of this sample had engaged in sexual intercourse at the time of the survey. However, the level of sexual activity is described for the sample, and the relationship of those activities to femininity ideology (controlling for access to information and support around sexuality in their sociocultural context) is examined. Demographics of the sample (N=146) are provided, measures are described, results are discussed, and conclusions are presented. (Contains 1 figure, 4 tables, and 17 references.) (Author/EMK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Diego, CA, April 13-17, 1998).