ERIC Number: EJ781136
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 40
A Qualitative Study of Southern Baptist Mothers' and Their Daughters' Attitudes toward Sexuality
Matyastik Baier, Margaret E.; Wampler, Karen S.
Journal of Adolescent Research, v23 n1 p31-54 2008
This qualitative study of 14 Southern Baptist mother-daughter dyads uses grounded theory to explore the attitudes these mothers and daughters hold toward sexuality, religiosity, and spirituality, in addition to how they communicate with each other about these topics. Themes that emerge from the data include abstinence before marriage, lack of interest in sexual behavior, peer influence, parental monitoring, extracurricular activities, the parent-child relationship, shame versus self-respect, and an orientation to the future. This research provides a description of the way in which Southern Baptist mothers and daughters communicate about spirituality and sexuality and reveals the effect this communication has on these adolescent girls. Implications for further research as well as the clinical implications of this study provide guidance for professionals in this area.
Descriptors: Mothers, Daughters, Parent Child Relationship, Adolescents, Sexuality, Religious Factors, Peer Influence, Extracurricular Activities, Christianity, Attitude Measures, Religion, Spiritual Development, Interpersonal Communication
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