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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/149627
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Is Sex Normal for Teens?: Findings from a Grounded Theory Study
Abstract:
Is Sex Normal for Teens?: Findings from a Grounded Theory Study
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2007
Author:Weiss, Jo Anne, PhD
P.I. Institution Name:Florida Atlantic University
Title:Assistant Professor
Co-Authors:Michelle Jampol, RN, MS; Jennifer Lievano, ; Sandra Smith, ; Joan Wurster,
[Clinical session research presentation] While the US leads all industrialized nations in the rates of sexually transmitted infections and teen pregnancy, the importance of understanding adolescent sexual decision making is recognized worldwide. To provide insight regarding how adolescents make sexual choices, 19 high risk (incarcerated) adolescent females were interviewed in a grounded theory study. The purpose of the study was to generate a substantive theory, to explain sexual decision-making in high risk adolescent females. Through semi-structured interviews data were collected and analyzed using constant comparison, until saturation occurred. In response to being bombarded by seductive influences which encouraged them to be sexually active, these participants normalized sex. The process of normalizing sex occurred in three ways: by surrendering to situations, perceiving that "everybody?s doing it," and wanting to belong. Surrendering to, or giving in to, situations that led to sexual intercourse occurred through unplanned sexual experiences that "just happened," being "caught up in the moment" due to the joy or excitement at the time, and because sex felt good both physically and emotionally. These teens perceived that "everybody?s doing it" (having sex), due to the influence of peers, the media, and the examples of parents and other significant people in their lives. Wanting to "belong" to a social group or a significant other helped normalize sex also. The purpose of this presentation is to examine a model of normalizing sex developed from a grounded theory project with high risk adolescent females. The relevance and appropriateness of this model will be discussed to provide a better understanding of adolescent sexual decision making. Recognizing how some adolescents come to view sexual activity as normal teen behavior could provide insight for more effective communication with teens about safe sexual practices and the development of better strategies to promote safe sexual choices.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleIs Sex Normal for Teens?: Findings from a Grounded Theory Studyen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/149627-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Is Sex Normal for Teens?: Findings from a Grounded Theory Study</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2007</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Weiss, Jo Anne, PhD</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Florida Atlantic University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Assistant Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">jweiss21@fau.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Michelle Jampol, RN, MS; Jennifer Lievano, ; Sandra Smith, ; Joan Wurster,</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Clinical session research presentation] While the US leads all industrialized nations in the rates of sexually transmitted infections and teen pregnancy, the importance of understanding adolescent sexual decision making is recognized worldwide. To provide insight regarding how adolescents make sexual choices, 19 high risk (incarcerated) adolescent females were interviewed in a grounded theory study. The purpose of the study was to generate a substantive theory, to explain sexual decision-making in high risk adolescent females. Through semi-structured interviews data were collected and analyzed using constant comparison, until saturation occurred. In response to being bombarded by seductive influences which encouraged them to be sexually active, these participants normalized sex. The process of normalizing sex occurred in three ways: by surrendering to situations, perceiving that &quot;everybody?s doing it,&quot; and wanting to belong. Surrendering to, or giving in to, situations that led to sexual intercourse occurred through unplanned sexual experiences that &quot;just happened,&quot; being &quot;caught up in the moment&quot; due to the joy or excitement at the time, and because sex felt good both physically and emotionally. These teens perceived that &quot;everybody?s doing it&quot; (having sex), due to the influence of peers, the media, and the examples of parents and other significant people in their lives. Wanting to &quot;belong&quot; to a social group or a significant other helped normalize sex also. The purpose of this presentation is to examine a model of normalizing sex developed from a grounded theory project with high risk adolescent females. The relevance and appropriateness of this model will be discussed to provide a better understanding of adolescent sexual decision making. Recognizing how some adolescents come to view sexual activity as normal teen behavior could provide insight for more effective communication with teens about safe sexual practices and the development of better strategies to promote safe sexual choices.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T10:06:12Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T10:06:12Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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