An Intergenerational approach to understanding Taiwanese American girls' and their mothers' perceptions of sexual health

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/159037
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Presentation
Title:
An Intergenerational approach to understanding Taiwanese American girls' and their mothers' perceptions of sexual health
Abstract:
An Intergenerational approach to understanding Taiwanese American girls' and their mothers' perceptions of sexual health
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2006
Author:Kao, Tsui-Sui (Annie), MS, RN
P.I. Institution Name:University of Michigan
Title:Pre-doctoral Fellow
Contact Address:School of Nursing, 1330 Folkstone Ct., Ann Arbor, MI, 48105, USA
Contact Telephone:734-741-4939
The purpose of this qualitative study is to examine an intergenerational approach to understanding Taiwanese American girls and their mothers' perception of bicultural straddling and its influence on sexual health. Bicultural straddling is defined as a balancing act of adaptation as a result of living within two different cultural influences.

To date, the sexual health of Asian immigrant mothers and their subsequent generation of Asian American daughters has been understudied especially in light of bicultural straddling between generations. Because of the different cultural influences, the Asian American mothers and daughters may encounter conflicting perceptions about sex-related issues which in turn may lead to negative health consequences for the Asian American girls.

Four focus group interviews (two sets of mother-daughter dyads, n=20) were conducted and the data were compared to examine the intergenerational transmission of thoughts, perceptions, values, attitudes associated with the sexually related taboos and their impact on sex education, safety, and sexual health of the second-generation Taiwanese American girls who are balancing their bicultural identities.

The primary study finding is that mother's and girl's bicultural straddling influences their overall decision making process. Mother's traditional cultural values played an important role in their daughter's decision making process. For example, the relationship between mother and daughter influences daughter's acceptance of mother's traditional value. Moreover, social contexts (such as living within a homogeneous or a diverse environment) may influence the girl's perception of accepting herself as Asian Americans, which in turn, influences the girls' decision making. A secondary finding suggested that Taiwanese American girls were under tremendous mental strain if they decided to date (against parents' advice).

Implications for promoting Asian American adolescent girl's sexual health may include parental involvement in sex education. Future research needs to empirically examine the relationship among bicultural straddling, sexuality, and mental health with a representative sample.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleAn Intergenerational approach to understanding Taiwanese American girls' and their mothers' perceptions of sexual healthen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/159037-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">An Intergenerational approach to understanding Taiwanese American girls' and their mothers' perceptions of sexual health</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2006</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Kao, Tsui-Sui (Annie), MS, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Michigan</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Pre-doctoral Fellow</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">School of Nursing, 1330 Folkstone Ct., Ann Arbor, MI, 48105, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">734-741-4939</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">anniekao@umich.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">The purpose of this qualitative study is to examine an intergenerational approach to understanding Taiwanese American girls and their mothers' perception of bicultural straddling and its influence on sexual health. Bicultural straddling is defined as a balancing act of adaptation as a result of living within two different cultural influences.<br/><br/>To date, the sexual health of Asian immigrant mothers and their subsequent generation of Asian American daughters has been understudied especially in light of bicultural straddling between generations. Because of the different cultural influences, the Asian American mothers and daughters may encounter conflicting perceptions about sex-related issues which in turn may lead to negative health consequences for the Asian American girls. <br/><br/>Four focus group interviews (two sets of mother-daughter dyads, n=20) were conducted and the data were compared to examine the intergenerational transmission of thoughts, perceptions, values, attitudes associated with the sexually related taboos and their impact on sex education, safety, and sexual health of the second-generation Taiwanese American girls who are balancing their bicultural identities.<br/><br/>The primary study finding is that mother's and girl's bicultural straddling influences their overall decision making process. Mother's traditional cultural values played an important role in their daughter's decision making process. For example, the relationship between mother and daughter influences daughter's acceptance of mother's traditional value. Moreover, social contexts (such as living within a homogeneous or a diverse environment) may influence the girl's perception of accepting herself as Asian Americans, which in turn, influences the girls' decision making. A secondary finding suggested that Taiwanese American girls were under tremendous mental strain if they decided to date (against parents' advice).<br/><br/>Implications for promoting Asian American adolescent girl's sexual health may include parental involvement in sex education. Future research needs to empirically examine the relationship among bicultural straddling, sexuality, and mental health with a representative sample.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T21:38:29Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T21:38:29Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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