TITLE

"HOW AM I GONNA ANSWER THIS ONE?": A DISCOURSE ANALYSIS OF FATHERS' ACCOUNTS OF PROVIDING SEXUALITY EDUCATION FOR YOUNG SONS

AUTHOR(S)
Walsh, Anthony; Parker, Elizabeth; Cushing, Angela
PUB. DATE
June 1999
SOURCE
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;Summer99, Vol. 8 Issue 2, p103
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This paper presents a discourse analysis of fathers' accounts of their communication about sexuality with their young sons. In-depth interviews were conducted with eight Australian men who have six-year-old sons. Participants were asked to describe their experiences of and feelings about how they learned about sexuality and how they teach their sons. The transcripts of these interviews were analyzed using the Textually Oriented Discourse Analysis. Seven key assumptions which underlie the participants' discourse are identified. While these assumptions present significant obstacles for many fathers, several are actively struggling with these dominant ideologies. Sexuality educators may be able to help address this conflict by encouraging fathers to engage in discussion about their fears and beliefs about sexuality education. This research suggests that many fathers need assistance to participate in this task. The benefits of parental involvement in sexuality education extend beyond the contribution it can make to improved ease of communication between parents and children.
ACCESSION #
2607717

 

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