This study investigated the process of developing functional relationships within the context of BDSM (Bondage-Discipline, Dominance-Submission, Sadomasochism). This is a marginalized population that faces stigma due to misunderstanding the cultural context of its community. Utilizing grounded theory, a qualitative methodology, the research question “What is the process of developing functional relationships within the context of BDSM” was answered. The goal of this dissertation was to increase cultural competence in the mental health field regarding relationships in the BDSM community. The data generated a theory that consisted of the following concepts: (a) acquiring experience and knowledge in the community and relationships; (b) developing self/skills and evaluating “fit” in the community and relationships. All axial concepts directly connected to the core category emphasizing immersing oneself in the BDSM lifestyle. The emerging theory that resulted from this study provides insight into the process of developing beneficial relationships as they are experienced by this population and that can be used by mental health professionals to better understand relationships in the context of BDSM.
|Commitee:||Benjamin, Elliot, Fernandes, Loriane, Roberts, Rosanne|
|Department:||Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-B 78/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social psychology, Counseling Psychology, Sociology|
|Keywords:||Alternative lifestyle relationships, BDSM, Dominance, Sexual education, Stigma, Submission|
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