Title page for ETD etd-12142004-161236

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Averett, Paige
URN etd-12142004-161236
Title Parental Communications and Young Women's Struggle for Sexual Agency
Degree PhD
Department Human Development
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Benson, Mark J. Committee Chair
Few-Demo, April L. Committee Member
Fu, Victoria R. Committee Member
Piercy, Fred P. Committee Member
  • Sexual Agency
  • Parenting
  • Feminist Theory
  • Desire
  • Adolescent Women
Date of Defense 2004-12-03
Availability unrestricted
This qualitative study examined how 14 young women's sexual desire and agency was influenced by the messages communicated from their parents and the quality of the parent-child relationship. Previous research results were supported, such as: parents do not communicate about sex frequently, or only about limited topics; mothers communicate more frequently than fathers, and peers communicate more sexual information. Utilizing a postmodern, feminist position, themes of parental transmission of patriarchal social controls were found, such as: fear of being viewed as a slut, gender roles that demand female passivity, sex is scary, and young women are not to have sex, or only in the context of committed relationships. Implications for parenting practices and the importance of developing sexual agency are discussed.
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