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Sexual self-concept in sexually abused homeless adolescents

Authors: 
Johnson, R. J.,
Rewa, L.,
Fredland, N.,
Bowman, K.
Type: 
Journal Article
Year Published: 2010
Organization: 
Routledge Talor and Francis Group
Series: 
Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies Vol. 5, (1), 44?51; 2010
Source: 
Routledge Talor and Francis Group
Abstract: 

These authors explored gender differences, sexual self-concept, and life on the street among homeless adolescents who self-reported a history of sexual abuse. They conducted individual interviews with 13 adolescents (six males and seven females) aged 18-20 years. Data analysis revealed salient themes shared by males and females (vulnerability, victimization, sexual harassment, survival sex, male protection for females), male-specific themes (getting less "stuff," difficulty attracting girls), and one theme specific to bisexual adolescents (advantages of being bisexual). Both males and females described aspects of their vulnerability related to being male or female. More than half the participants also described incidents of sexual harassment. The findings provide a unique view of the sexual self-concepts formed by these young men and women, and suggest that there are differences between males and females in the way sexual self-concept is structured and in its relationship to their life experiencesand risks and barriers faced while on the street. Modified Author Abstract.

Availability: 
Correspondence to:Email: rjohnson@mail.nur.utexas.edu Website:http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rvch20/5/1
Notes: 
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Accession Number: 
19933