Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Social Work

First Advisor

Adam, B.


Education, Health.



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An examination of the social construction of female sexuality is used to gain insights into the gap between AIDS knowledge and safer sex behaviours. The analysis of data brought forth by 20 open-ended interviews with young women at The University of Windsor is used to assist in understanding the barriers faced by these individuals as they attempt to negotiate safer sex. The emphasis of this research has been placed on the interviews as a method of going beyond quantitative data in attempting to recognize how young women make sense of their sexual experiences and the social context within which they occur. Current AIDS education messages may not be sufficient to alter young women's behaviours because these messages alone do not address the inherent contradictions between 'being female' and exerting control in terms of sexual safety and sexual negotiation. Recommendations for AIDS education programs which are both gender specific and sensitive to sexual orientation are discussed, as well as the need for a shift in sexual paradigms which reflect women's construction of their own sexualities.Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1995 .G33. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 34-02, page: 0490. Adviser: Barry Adam. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1995.