Women's Sexual Empowerment Across the Lifespan

dc.contributor.advisor Ujcich Ward, Kimberly
dc.contributor.author Ring, Leanne
dc.contributor.committeemember Fuller, Dana
dc.contributor.department Psychology en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2018-06-05T20:11:08Z
dc.date.available 2018-06-05T20:11:08Z
dc.date.issued 2018-04-10
dc.description.abstract Sexual empowerment is an ill-defined construct, often described in discrete parts as subjective (power to) or functional (power over). A continuous multidimensional model has been proposed by Zo Peterson (2010) that bridges this divide, but lacks empirical support. This study assessed women’s perceptions of and experiences with sexual empowerment across the lifespan to evaluate Peterson’s model. An online sample of heterosexual women ages 18 – 70 was recruited to complete a questionnaire composed of power to and power over measures, and the results were compared across four age cohort groups. No significant differences were found in responses across age cohort groups. Correlations between measures call the categorization of measures into question, and a need for more accurate tools is discussed. Women responded most favorably to the continuous multidimensional definition of sexual empowerment, even though results from other measures did not support it.
dc.description.degree M.A.
dc.identifier.uri http://jewlscholar.mtsu.edu/xmlui/handle/mtsu/5693
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University
dc.subject Empowerment
dc.subject Feminism
dc.subject Feminist
dc.subject Lifespan
dc.subject Sexual
dc.subject Women
dc.subject.umi Clinical psychology
dc.thesis.degreegrantor Middle Tennessee State University
dc.thesis.degreelevel Masters
dc.title Women's Sexual Empowerment Across the Lifespan
dc.type Thesis
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