ERIC Number: EJ733106
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun
Juveniles' Motivations for Remaining in Prostitution
Hwang, Shu-Ling; Bedford, Olwen
Psychology of Women Quarterly, v28 n2 p136-146 Jun 2004
Qualitative data from in-depth interviews were collected in 1990-1991, 1992, and 2000 with 49 prostituted juveniles remanded to two rehabilitation centers in Taiwan. These data are analyzed to explore Taiwanese prostituted juveniles' feelings about themselves and their work, their motivations for remaining in prostitution, and their difficulties leaving it. Text analysis of transcriptions of the interviews suggested that juveniles have four major motivations for remaining in prostitution: financial, emotional, drug, and identity-related factors. Analysis of interviews with juveniles working in confined prostitution suggested four stages of attitude change: resistance, development of interpersonal connections, self-injury and loss of hope, and acceptance of prostitution. Discussion includes comparison of motivations to remain in prostitution with reasons for entry, relation of findings to prostituted juveniles in other countries, and directions for future research.
Descriptors: Youth, Sexuality, Self Concept, Work Attitudes, Motivation, Interviews, Attitude Change, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Taiwan