Becoming a sexual woman: A grounded theory of female adolescent sexuality management

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http://hdl.handle.net/10150/290078
Title:
Becoming a sexual woman: A grounded theory of female adolescent sexuality management
Author:
McKenzie, Naja Elisabeth Kent
Issue Date:
2004
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
Multidisciplinary adolescent sexuality research deals mostly with risk- and demographic factors and intervention programs. The social-developmental process through which female adolescents manage relationships to become sexual women has not been defined. This research sought to bring to light the ways in which female adolescents discover, develop, and use management skills to navigate the socio-sexual environment of adolescence. A synthesis of symbolic interactionist and life span developmental frameworks informed the research. Semi-structured interviews yielded data which were analyzed using the constant comparative method. A grounded theory pertaining to female adolescent sexuality management emerged with Relationship Management as its core category. The causal conditions to Relationship Management were named Coming of Age and included Entering Puberty, Noticing Boys and Feeling Ready for a Relationship. The action/interaction strategies were named Dealing With Boys and included Public Presentation of Self, Profiling, Trying to Communicate, and Controlling the Relationship. The consequences of action/interaction strategies were named What Might Happen and consisted of Relationship Outcomes, Physical Outcomes, Effects on Reputation and Effects on the Life Course. The context for the action/interaction activities was named The Kind of Girl I Am and consisted of What I Know About Myself and What I Believe About Others. Intervening conditions were called My World and included Peer Group Influence, Family influence and School Influence. The findings suggest the need to view female adolescents as active managers of their emerging sexuality.
Type:
text; Dissertation-Reproduction (electronic)
Keywords:
Health Sciences, Nursing.
Degree Name:
Ph.D.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Nursing
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Phillips, Linda

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dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.titleBecoming a sexual woman: A grounded theory of female adolescent sexuality managementen_US
dc.creatorMcKenzie, Naja Elisabeth Kenten_US
dc.contributor.authorMcKenzie, Naja Elisabeth Kenten_US
dc.date.issued2004en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractMultidisciplinary adolescent sexuality research deals mostly with risk- and demographic factors and intervention programs. The social-developmental process through which female adolescents manage relationships to become sexual women has not been defined. This research sought to bring to light the ways in which female adolescents discover, develop, and use management skills to navigate the socio-sexual environment of adolescence. A synthesis of symbolic interactionist and life span developmental frameworks informed the research. Semi-structured interviews yielded data which were analyzed using the constant comparative method. A grounded theory pertaining to female adolescent sexuality management emerged with Relationship Management as its core category. The causal conditions to Relationship Management were named Coming of Age and included Entering Puberty, Noticing Boys and Feeling Ready for a Relationship. The action/interaction strategies were named Dealing With Boys and included Public Presentation of Self, Profiling, Trying to Communicate, and Controlling the Relationship. The consequences of action/interaction strategies were named What Might Happen and consisted of Relationship Outcomes, Physical Outcomes, Effects on Reputation and Effects on the Life Course. The context for the action/interaction activities was named The Kind of Girl I Am and consisted of What I Know About Myself and What I Believe About Others. Intervening conditions were called My World and included Peer Group Influence, Family influence and School Influence. The findings suggest the need to view female adolescents as active managers of their emerging sexuality.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeDissertation-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.subjectHealth Sciences, Nursing.en_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineNursingen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorPhillips, Lindaen_US
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dc.identifier.bibrecord.b46707517en_US
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