The lack of cultural specificity in sexuality education conjunct with a myriad of other social factors influences the disproportional impact of HIV on Black/African American adolescent females. Using a focus group methodology with 17 Black/ African American female middle and high school students, I harmonized the intersectionalities between the fields of Afrocentric rites of passage, public health education, and educational leadership toward providing insights and design of culturally conscious healthy sexuality instructional strategies and communal leadership.
The three aims of this exploratory study included: (a) ascertaining the perceived need for, and interest in, the co-creation of Bititi’s Harvest®, a gender and culturally specific, age-appropriate intervention using an Afrocentric rites of passage framework augmented with factual information on sexuality and healthier sexual practices, (b) examining participants’ current levels of knowledge and specific awareness of age, gender, and ethnic HIV risk, and (c) evaluating developments in my leadership praxis and pedagogy.
The key findings of this study included: participants’ indications of lacking fidelity in current educational systems’ strategies of culturally-specific education including comprehensive healthier sexuality education, differences between perceived and actual HIV knowledge accuracy), confidence in protective self-sufficiency, comfort speaking with peers and partners about HIV, participants’ recommendations to create curriculum that is inclusive and empowering, and participant interest in co-constructing said curriculum.
Finally, following an examination of my own leadership developments, I discuss how the findings and their practical application make an original, theoretically-relevant contribution to the literary body, including insights into culturally-specific programming, use of empowerment with metropolitan adolescent Black females 13-21 years, gender-specific use of Afrocentric theory, and rites of passage concept and practice, along with youth-centric and gender-specific input regarding HIV transmission among members of the African diaspora. I conclude with implications and recommendations for the three professional fields.
|Commitee:||Brinson, Kenneth, Jr., Lenssen, John|
|School:||Lewis and Clark College|
|School Location:||United States -- Oregon|
|Source:||DAI-A 78/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Black studies, Womens studies, Multicultural Education, Public Health Education|
|Keywords:||Adolescents, Afrocentric rites of passage, HIV, Leadership, Sex education, Youth programming|
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