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ERIC Number: EJ843719
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-1053-8712
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.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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