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Socialisationen av kvinnlig sexualitet på behandlingshem för unga kvinnor: ett symbolisk interaktionistiskt perspektiv
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2006 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Using a symbolic interactionistic analytical approach, this essay aims to study the socialisation of young women’s sexuality in treatment institutions for young women. Through qualitative interviews with staff members at said institutions, concerning their views on young female sexuality, and how they discuss sexuality with the young women in the institutions, my aim was to identify the socialisation of young women’s sexuality. I have also investigated how the staff experiences their own sex as an important factor in conversations about sexuality with young women, as well as the possible effect sexually mixed or sexually segregated institutions exert upon conversations about sexuality. I have therefore interviewed both male and female staff, as well as staff of both sexually mixed and sexually segregated treatment institutions.

The results indicate that the staff does talk about sexuality with the young women, but in varying degree and form. Treatment ideology seems to have an impact on the conversations of sexuality. The staff perceives their sex to be of importance for the conversations about sexuality but they also emphasise the importance of trusting relationships. They believe that sexuality as a subject arises more often in sexually mixed treatment institutions than in sexually segregated institutions. The staffs’ view on young female sexuality is not characterized by a discourse of desire, but rather by concern for the young women’s vulnerability, triggered by their own behaviour, as well as doubts about the young women’s own sexual desire.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. , 64 p.
Keyword [en]
Symbolic interactionism, Socialisation, Young female sexuality, Treatment institution staff, Qualitative interview
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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-6696OAI: diva2:196884
Available from: 2007-02-27 Created: 2007-02-27Bibliographically approved

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