This research paper examines if high school sexual education as well as peer communication has any effect on how people experience shame within sexual relationships. To conduct this research, I reviewed articles of similar studies to confirm my hypothesis: that both sexual education and peer communication would have a significant relationship on if individual’s experience sexual shame. To gather data, I sent out a survey to the student body and conducted several interviews. The data I collected showed that peer communication has an inverse correlation with sexual shame: the more people communicate with their friends, the less shame they feel in their sexual relationships. I did not find a significant relationship between sexual education and shame, showing that it does not have the impact I hypothesized. I ran tests to see if there were difference between how self-identifying males and females internalized shame and how likely they were to communicate. While females were more likely to communicate with their friends, there was not a significant relationship between gender and shame. From the finding, I further support the conclusion that communicating with peers works to reduce experiences of sexual shame, especially for females.
Sociology and Anthropology
Rummel, Natalie, ""Let's Talk About Sex, Baby": A Study Analyzing the Effects of Sexual Education, Peer Communication, and Sexual Shame" (2018). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 8270.
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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