Discourses of sexual relationships in a sample of German and British young people: a Q methodological study

Franz, A., Worrell, M. and Vögele, C. (2015) Discourses of sexual relationships in a sample of German and British young people: a Q methodological study. Culture, Health & Sexuality. ISSN 1369-1058.

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Abstract

Young people live in an environment which sexualises young people, particularly women, along traditional gender roles. This, in parallel with a silence about positive sexuality in policy development, means that sexual double standards prevail in young people’s lives. The aim of this study was to explore the discourses young women and men from two European countries, Germany and England, draw on when making sense of sexual relationships, and how these are steeped in the local cultural climate and messages. The study used Q methodology and included 65 German and English young people between 16 and 19 years of age. Six accounts emerged: sex as responsible, intimate and shared experience; sex as joint fun; ideal versus reality; sex has to be responsible, consensual and shared; caring relationships offer the perfect context for fulfilling sex; and equality between partners. The importance of cultural context in the availability of specific dominant and alternative discourses is discussed with a focus on how this influences young people’s sense-making with regard to sexuality and sexual relationships. Future directions for research are highlighted.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > HQ1075 Sex role
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology
Depositing User: Dr Anke Franz
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2015 11:41
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2016 11:43
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/13646

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