Culture and sex education : the acquisition of sexual knowledge for a group of Vietnamese Australian young women

Rawson, Helen A. and Liamputtong, Pranee 2010, Culture and sex education : the acquisition of sexual knowledge for a group of Vietnamese Australian young women, Ethnicity & health, vol. 15, no. 4, August, pp. 343-364, doi: 10.1080/13557851003728264.

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Title Culture and sex education : the acquisition of sexual knowledge for a group of Vietnamese Australian young women
Author(s) Rawson, Helen A.ORCID iD for Rawson, Helen A.
Liamputtong, Pranee
Journal name Ethnicity & health
Volume number 15
Issue number 4
Season August
Start page 343
End page 364
Total pages 22
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2010
ISSN 1465-3419
Summary This paper explores how a group of Vietnamese Australian young women acquire knowledge of sexual issues, and the impact the traditional Vietnamese culture has on the acquisition of this knowledge. It is based on a qualitative study that examined the factors which shape the sexual behaviour of Vietnamese Australian young women living in Australia. A Grounded Theory methodology was employed in this investigation, and involved in-depth interviews with 15 Vietnamese Australian young women aged 18-25 years, who reside in Victoria, Australia. The findings illustrated three key elements involved in the acquisition of knowledge of sexual issues: 'Accepting parental silence', 'Exploring sources of knowledge' and 'Needing culturally targeted information'. The young women desired discussion about sexual issues but accepted that cultural 'barriers' were formidable. Their desire conflicted with the traditional familial norm of 'silence' regarding sexual matters. Consequently, knowledge was sought outside the home, specifically from peers and the media. The importance of culturally appropriate and adequate sexual discussions for Vietnamese Australian young people was stressed, so that informed decisions could be made about their sexual lives. It is imperative for young people to have adequate and appropriate sexual education so that informed and safe sexual choices can be made. For young people from diverse cultural backgrounds, this education must be culturally appropriate and accessible, taking into consideration cultural mores regarding gender and sexual matters, as well as current beliefs in the 'mainstream' youth culture.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13557851003728264
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, Informa Healthcare
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