ERIC Number: EJ812110
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
Agency and Error in Young Adults' Stories of Sexual Decision Making
Allen, Katherine R.; Husser, Erica K.; Stone, Dana J.; Jordal, Christian E.
Family Relations, v57 n4 p517-529 Oct 2008
We conducted a qualitative analysis of 148 college students' written comments about themselves as sexual decision makers. Most participants described experiences in which they were actively engaged in decision-making processes of "waiting it out" to "working it out." The four patterns were (a) I am in control, (b) I am experimenting and learning, (c) I am struggling but growing, and (d) I have been irresponsible. The diverse ways in which young adults perceive themselves as sexual decision makers and actors reveals multiple contexts for promoting healthy sexual development through parental socialization, education, and research.
Descriptors: College Students, Sexuality, Decision Making, Student Attitudes, Self Concept, Sex Education, Health Promotion, Health Behavior
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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