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Title:Life Stories of Aboriginal Juvenile Prostitutes in Taiwan
Author(s):Ku, Mary May-Lee
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Wendy Haight
Department / Program:Social Work
Discipline:Social Work
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Social Work
Abstract:The ethnographic results indicate that there are discrepancies in the belief of the girls versus the staff, which explain why many girls returned to prostitution after discharged from the center. The results of life stories identified risk factors and protective factors for aboriginal girls entering and leaving prostitution. Risk factors are: poverty, parents' poor marital relationship, domestic violence, child maltreatment, culturally deviant moral reasoning ability, complicated relationship with friends, "bad girl" concept, running away, early sexual experiences and promiscuity and having friends and relatives in the pornography industry. The findings suggest that the keystone risk factors could be problems in the family. Protective factors that influence girls' leaving prostitution are: a conventional moral reasoning ability, cutting ties with previous friends and boyfriend, a new value system toward sex, negative experiences in prostitution and a positive bond with a family member. The finding also concurs with western radical feminists' assertion that girls are socialized into prostitution. This study provides implications for policy, practice and research in the area of aboriginal juvenile prostitution as well as suggestions to feminists in Taiwan.
Issue Date:2003
Description:346 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2003.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3111564
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-28
Date Deposited:2003

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