Teenage Sexuality And Media Practice

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Arielle Massiah SW 7300 Sunday, March 29, 2015 Article Critique Teenage Sexuality and Media Practice: Factoring in the Influences of Family, Friends, and School Jeanne Rogge Steele Literature Review and Theoretical/ Conceptual Framework The social problem that the research addresses is the outrageously high rate of unprotected teenage sexual engagement and encounters. The problem was made apparent due to a survey that disclosed that not only had “three quarters of the 2,439 participants engage in sexual intercourse by their senior year, half of the participants reported that they did not use condoms and one third of the population failed to allocate the use of birth control at all; drastically increasing their exposure to HIV, sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy”. (Steele, 1999, p. 339). The research is most guided by a theoretical framework called the Grounded Theory Approach. The Grounded Theory Approach (GT), first described by Glaser and Strauss in 1967, is an inductively formatted, general method of research that is aimed towards theory development through the data collection process and constant comparative analysis of that data. (Cohen and Crabtree, 2006). The concept relies contingently upon the data the study presents and is characterized by the proposed theory being perfectly depicted by the data accumulated. (Cohen and Crabtree, 2006). Additionally, Steele used the Media Practice Model as a basic framework throughout the study. The Media Practice Model, originated by Steele and Brown in their initial 1995 study on adolescent behavior, uses three of five key concepts to characterize how adolescents shape their own lifestyles in pertinence to the media: Selection, Interaction, and Application... ... middle of paper ... ...Steele proposed that a longitudinal design would have better served the study to assess the developmental phase in the media practices of teenagers. (Steele, 1999, p. 337). Outside factors such as ethnicity and gender additionally played a vital role in the study. Results concluded that the Selection component of the Media Model was greatly altered by ethnicity and gender as some teens could not find positive role models in the media. Males were not greatly influenced by females in the media and African American teens were not influenced by White culture in the media. References Cohen D, Crabtree B. "Qualitative Research Guidelines Project." July 2006. http://www.qualres.org/HomeGrou-3589.html Steele, J. (1999). Teenage sexuality and media practice: Factoring in the influences of family, friends, and school. Journal of Sex Research, 36, 331-341.
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