Youth's Perceptions of Sexuality: Limpopo Province of South Africa

Dr. Thelmah Xavela Maluleke
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A qualitative, exploratory and decriptive study was conducted among young people in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. The purpose of the study was to explore and describe the views of young people regarding sexuality. Data were collected from October 2004 to January 2005 using focus group discussions, key informant interviews, semistructures interviews and observationss. Young people's views about sexuality were centred around heterosexual intercourse. Very little was mentioned about self-esteem, body image and sexual roles despite discussions related to sexual pleasure, sexual desire and desirable bodies. No connection was made between self-esteem and sexuality.

Keywords: Sexuality, Sexual Pleasure, Sexual Desire, Self-esteem
Stream: Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural Studies, Humanities
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Thelmah Xavela Maluleke

Associate Professor & Head of Department, Department Public Health, University of Venda
Limpopo Province, South Africa

I am the head of the department of Public Health in the School of Health Sciences at the university of Venda. I am currently facilitating modules on health policy management, Project design and management and international health issues. I am interested in qualitative research that can make a difference in the community i.e. research with an intervention programme. I am currently trying to find ways of utilizing the initiation ceremonies for girls in the prevention of HIV and AIDS

Ref: I07P0836