ERIC Number: EJ843719
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
Girls' Sexual Development in the Inner City: From Compelled Childhood Sexual Contact to Sex-for-Things Exchanges
Dunlap, Eloise; Golub, Andrew; Johnson, Bruce D.
Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, v12 n2 p73-96 2003
Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) has been linked to a wide variety of adverse psychological and behavioral outcomes. This paper describes girls' sexual development in the inner city based on qualitative material from a long-term ethnographic (observational) study. For many inner-city girls, early and then continued experiences of being compelled to have sex were found to be part of a pathway leading to independent sexuality that often involved prostitution, teen pregnancy, early motherhood, school dropout, limited involvement with jobs, drug abuse, multiple children by different fathers and single-parent families. Quotes from respondents illustrate the mechanics of this process and how it is sustained by the deprivations of structural disadvantage, prevailing subcultural norms, violence and illicit drug use.
Descriptors: Disadvantaged, Sexual Abuse, Child Abuse, Females, Dropouts, Drug Abuse, Drug Use, Pregnancy, Adolescents, Urban Areas, Sexuality, Ethnography, Early Parenthood, One Parent Family, Violence, Crime
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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