ERIC Number: EJ844112
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
Mothers' and Girls' Perspectives on Adolescent Sexuality
Buchanan-Arvay, Marla; Keats, Patrice A.
Child & Youth Services, v26 n2 p9-31 2004
A study of communication between mothers and daughters about mothers' sexual experience discloses mothers' and daughters' fears, concerns, and judgments about each other. In this study, 15 women, all mothers of girls, were interviewed about the history of their own sexual experience. Some of these women had chosen to share their personal experience with their daughters and some had not, although some were now willing. These stories were then shared with a group of girls, and then the girls were asked whether they would want to know about their own mothers' experience had they been similar. Like the mothers, some girls wanted to know and others did not. Reasons for sharing include helping protect daughters from mothers' own victimizing experience and opening up communication. Reasons for not sharing included violating boundaries between mothers and daughters and embarrassment.
Descriptors: Mothers, Daughters, Sexuality, Adolescents, Parent Child Relationship, Interviews, Adolescent Attitudes, Mother Attitudes, Sex Education, History
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