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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/18125

Title: Sexual Desire among Adolescent Girls: Investigation of Social Context and Personal Choices
Authors: Viner, Margarita
Advisor: Piran, Niva
Department: Adult Education and Counselling Psychology
Keywords: adolescent sexuality
sexual desire
adolescent development
Issue Date: 14-Dec-2009
Abstract: This qualitative inquiry uses a life history prospective approach to investigate the social context in which adolescent girls’ sexual feelings emerge and in which girls’ sexual experiences occur. Nine adolescent girls were interviewed at two points in time during their adolescence and themes from their narratives were analyzed with respect to their experiences with sexuality. It appears that peers, family members, and sexual/dating partners have a major effect on both, girls’ sexual experiences and their connection with their sexual feelings. Prospective analysis revealed that over time, the social contexts of adolescent girls became more complex and girls became exposed to increasingly contradictory messages about what they should do and feel and behave. Girls appeared to have internalized the social messages around sexuality, which was evident through how girls talked about sexuality and through girls’ direct reports that their decisions were affected by the social and familial implications of their decisions.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/18125
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