Girls at Menarche and Family Context: Implications for Promoting Sexual Well-Being

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/159414
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Presentation
Title:
Girls at Menarche and Family Context: Implications for Promoting Sexual Well-Being
Abstract:
Girls at Menarche and Family Context: Implications for Promoting Sexual Well-Being
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2003
Author:Teitelman, Anne
Contact Address:CON, A203 Life Sciences Building, East Lansing, MI, 48824-1317, USA
Co-Authors:Carol Boyd; Carol Loveland-Cherry;, Renee Anspach; Karin Martin
For youth, sexual well-being includes developing positive feelings about their body as they experience pubertal transitions. Yet, little is known about how family interactions impact girls’ feelings during this transition. The purpose of this qualitative study was to describe female adolescents’ perspectives on family scripts regarding menarche, in order to better understand how families influence girls’ sexual well-being. An ecological framework was used to explore human sexual development within the context of the family. In-depth individual interviews were conducted with 33 adolescent girls ages 14-18 and for this report 22 menarche narratives were analyzed. The sample consisted of both African-American and European-American girls from higher and lower income families. Transcriptions of these recorded conversations were analyzed using an interpretive methodological approach. Findings from the narrative analysis indicate this transition appears to be less stressful for girls whose mothers offered practical preparation and more stressful for girls who were either were not prepared or perceived they lacked significant information from their family. In higher income families, mothers were more likely to offer preparation while in lower income families; preparation from mothers was less common. In addition, girls’ stories indicate that some families also considered menarche as part of a life transition and conveyed differing aspects of the cultural significance. A few mothers implicitly or explicitly referenced adult reproductive sexuality and for these girls menarche evoked a heightened sense of danger. All of these girls were from lower income families. Other girls, predominantly from higher-income families, whose family scripts emphasized celebration of the positive aspects of maturity and expanded opportunities (in terms other than emerging reproductive sexuality) were more likely to describe positive feelings about menarche. Further research is needed to better understand how social and cultural factors regarding adolescent sexuality may influence family scripts at menarche. AN: MN030182
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.titleGirls at Menarche and Family Context: Implications for Promoting Sexual Well-Beingen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/159414-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Girls at Menarche and Family Context: Implications for Promoting Sexual Well-Being</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">2003</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Teitelman, Anne</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">CON, A203 Life Sciences Building, East Lansing, MI, 48824-1317, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Carol Boyd; Carol Loveland-Cherry;, Renee Anspach; Karin Martin </td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">For youth, sexual well-being includes developing positive feelings about their body as they experience pubertal transitions. Yet, little is known about how family interactions impact girls&rsquo; feelings during this transition. The purpose of this qualitative study was to describe female adolescents&rsquo; perspectives on family scripts regarding menarche, in order to better understand how families influence girls&rsquo; sexual well-being. An ecological framework was used to explore human sexual development within the context of the family. In-depth individual interviews were conducted with 33 adolescent girls ages 14-18 and for this report 22 menarche narratives were analyzed. The sample consisted of both African-American and European-American girls from higher and lower income families. Transcriptions of these recorded conversations were analyzed using an interpretive methodological approach. Findings from the narrative analysis indicate this transition appears to be less stressful for girls whose mothers offered practical preparation and more stressful for girls who were either were not prepared or perceived they lacked significant information from their family. In higher income families, mothers were more likely to offer preparation while in lower income families; preparation from mothers was less common. In addition, girls&rsquo; stories indicate that some families also considered menarche as part of a life transition and conveyed differing aspects of the cultural significance. A few mothers implicitly or explicitly referenced adult reproductive sexuality and for these girls menarche evoked a heightened sense of danger. All of these girls were from lower income families. Other girls, predominantly from higher-income families, whose family scripts emphasized celebration of the positive aspects of maturity and expanded opportunities (in terms other than emerging reproductive sexuality) were more likely to describe positive feelings about menarche. Further research is needed to better understand how social and cultural factors regarding adolescent sexuality may influence family scripts at menarche. AN: MN030182 </td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T21:59:33Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T21:59:33Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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