Female Adolescent Sexuality
FEMALE ADOLESCENT SEXUALITY 4
Femalesexuality in the United States is determined by both the cultural andreligious norms. In this paper, the adolescent sexuality of girlsfrom African American ethnicity will be highlighted and the norms ofthe subculture. The bond between mothers and their daughters isstrong in this subculture. African American girls get informationabout sexuality from their mothers. There is limited parentalmonitoring in this sub-culture this exposes the girls to earlypregnancies. The girls engage in sexual behaviors, which expose themto the risk of pregnancy when they are still in school (Winters& Winters, 2012).For instance, a good number of these girls do not use protectionduring intercourse. The likelihood of an African American adolescentgirl to have sex is determined by the frequency of communication withtheir parents, as well as the topics discussed. Open communicationimplies that a girl will most likely not get pregnant at an early age(Donenberg, Emerson, & Mackesy-Amiti, 2011).
Thenorms discussed above can be instrumental in the formulation of aprogram to address the issue of teenage pregnancy. With these norms,an adolescent pregnancy program can be developed. In this initiative,African American parents can be encouraged to talk about sex to theirdaughters. Young girls from this culture can gain awareness of sexualissues and consequences of unprotected sex (Koh, 2014). Moreover, thenorms can be used to avail information to young people about safe sexand how one can avoid becoming pregnant at an early age. Promotingthe effective use of contraception is one of the strategies that canbe used. Knowledge about sexual health should be availed toadolescents. Trained facilitators can be involved in teachingadolescent girls the dangers of engaging in early sexual intercourse.This can be achieved by urging them to delay their sex desires untilthey finish schooling (Martin et al, 2009).
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Martin,J., Sheeran, P., Slade, P., Wright, A. & Dibble, T. (2009).Implementation Intention Formulation Reduces Consultations forEmergency Contraception and Pregnancy Testing Among Teenage Women.HealthPsychology 28(6),762-769.
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