ERIC Number: EJ935136
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
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Reference Count: 44
Adolescent Girls' Assessment and Management of Sexual Risks: Insights from Focus Group Research
Bay-Cheng, Laina Y.; Livingston, Jennifer A.; Fava, Nicole M.
Youth & Society, v43 n3 p1167-1193 Sep 2011
We conducted focus groups with girls ages 14 to 17 (N = 43) to study how the dominant discourse of sexual risk shapes young women's understanding of the sexual domain and their management of these presumably pervasive threats. Through inductive analysis, we developed a coding scheme focused on three themes: (a) "types of sexual risk," (b) "factors that moderate sexual risk," and (c) "strategies for managing sexual risk." Collectively, participants identified many risks but distanced themselves from these by claiming that girls' susceptibility is largely a function of personal factors and therefore avoidable given the right traits, values, and skills. We consider this reliance on other-blaming and self-exemption, as well as instances in which individual participants diverged from this group discourse, in the context of neoliberalism.
Descriptors: Females, Focus Groups, At Risk Persons, Adolescents, Risk Management, Sexuality, Safety, Mothers, Interpersonal Relationship, Aggression, Health Behavior, Social Influences, Individual Characteristics, Environmental Influences, Resilience (Psychology)
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