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Title:Adolescent sexuality and culture: South African mothers' perspective
Authors:Mudhovozi, Pilot
Ramarumo, Mpho
Sodi, TholeneISNI
Year:2012
Periodical:African Sociological Review (ISSN 1027-4332)
Volume:16
Issue:2
Pages:119-138
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:Venda
sexuality
mothers
attitudes
External link:https://www.ajol.info/index.php/asr/article/view/87573
Abstract:This study examines sexual socialization in South Africa from a cultural perspective. In the context of a high level of sexual activity and high prevalence of teenage pregnancy, it is important to examine the cultural factors that may influence the attitude of mothers in terms of the role they are expected to play as socializing agents. Data were collected through focus group discussions with forty-four Venda mothers with adolescent daughters. The results indicated that culturally embedded reasons (conservative attitudes towards contraceptive use, sexual communication as taboo, denial of adolescent sexuality) inhibite Venda mothers from effectively imparting knowledge about sexuality to their daughters. Other inhibitory factors include insufficient information, lack of role models and fear of sensitizing their daughters to sexuality issues. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]
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