Influence of female sexual scripts depicted in hip hop on African American young adolescent understanding of sexuality
Stephens, Dionne Patricia
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This study examined young adolescent African Americans’ understanding of sexuality through the analysis of female sexual scripts embedded in Hip Hop culture. It was found that these sexual scripts were widely recognized by these participants. Understandings of the values given to race, physical attractiveness, and appropriate sexual behaviors were integral to the usage of these conceptual frameworks. Furthermore, self associations and interpersonal relationships were central to the negotiation of these sexual scripts usage. Together, these findings provided insights into factors that influence conceptualizations of appropriate sexual behaviors for African American females and have implications for interventions addressing sexual health issues and behavioral outcomes within this unique population.