ERIC Number: EJ850241
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
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Reference Count: 68
Asian American Women's Retrospective Reports of Their Sexual Socialization
Kim, Janna L.
Psychology of Women Quarterly, v33 n3 p334-350 Sep 2009
This study used qualitative research methods to investigate the sexual socialization experiences of young Asian American women, a group often overlooked in psychological research on sexuality. Focus group interviews were conducted with 30 ethnically diverse young Asian American women to explore their perceptions and interpretations of the direct and indirect sexual communication they received from parents during adolescence. Interviews were analyzed using open and focused coding techniques based on principles of grounded theory. Although most participants initially reported that sexuality was a closed or taboo topic of discussion in their family, they described several indirect, implicit, and nonverbal strategies their parents used to clearly convey their sexual attitudes and expectations, most of which were restrictive in nature. Women interpreted parents' silence and restrictiveness about sexuality as tied to their upbringing and cultural heritage and as a feature characterizing Asian parents more broadly.
Descriptors: Asian Americans, Females, Sexuality, Socialization, Focus Groups, Interviews, Parent Child Relationship, Cultural Background, Grounded Theory, Qualitative Research
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