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ERIC Number: EJ1235173
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0193-3922
An Exploratory Study of African American Adolescents' Talk about Peer Sexual Harassment: More Support for the Utility of Feminist Theory
Lindsley, Josephine Grant; Harris, Johari; Kruger, Ann Cale; Meyers, Joel P.
Journal for Specialists in Group Work, v44 n4 p251-270 2019
A qualitative exploratory study examined African American 7th graders' talk about peer sexual harassment (N = 21). A thematic analysis of single-gender discussion groups demonstrated that while students held misconceptions about sexual harassment, they were fluent in the cultural norms that expect boys to push sexual boundaries and girls to enforce them. We propose that feminist theory, which views personal interactions through the lens of power hierarchies, provides a useful explanation of the students' talk about peer sexual harassment. Our experience points to the value of group work to explore students' prior knowledge and underlying beliefs about sexual harassment before intervening.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 7; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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