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dc.contributor.advisorHerlihy, Laura
dc.contributor.advisorZimmerman, Mary
dc.contributor.authorTrapp, Sarah Casement
dc.date.accessioned2011-08-03T00:31:26Z
dc.date.available2011-08-03T00:31:26Z
dc.date.issued2011-04-21
dc.date.submitted2011
dc.identifier.otherhttp://dissertations.umi.com/ku:11391
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1808/7905
dc.description.abstractChildren International’s Youth Health Corps Program uses Peer Education techniques to teach impoverished adolescents about Sexual Health and Reproduction. In the Youth Health Corps in Guatemala, both rural indigenous Maya youth and urban mestizo youth in Guatemala participate in the program together. In this comparative analysis of Kaqchikel Maya young women and non–indigenous young women in Guatemala, a written anonymous survey was administered to both groups of female participants to determine what similarities and differences exist in their beliefs and knowledge of sexual health and reproduction and sexuality. Although the groups have very different cultural backgrounds, their responses suggest that they are essentially interested in the same topics such as pregnancy and STD prevention. In addition, both groups of young women receive little information about sex from their parents, yet indigenous women are at a disadvantage to general reproductive knowledge as compared to their mestizo counterparts. The importance of protecting a woman’s virginity and honor is also reflected in both groups’ answers, although indigenous women appear to receive more warning about this than do non–indigenous adolescent women. Research suggests that parents play an extremely important role on how informed each group is on matters of sex and reproduction, as well as the values they hold with regard to the subject.
dc.format.extent88 pages
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversity of Kansas
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dc.subjectLatin American studies
dc.subjectHealth education
dc.subjectWomen's studies
dc.subjectGuatemala
dc.subjectMaya
dc.subjectMestizo
dc.subjectSexual education
dc.subjectYoung women
dc.titleA Comparative Analysis of Mestizo and Indigenous Mayan Young Women in Guatemala: Attitudes and Knowledge of Sexual Reproduction and Health among Members of Children International's Youth Health Corps
dc.typeThesis
dc.contributor.cmtememberWert, Hal
dc.thesis.degreeDisciplineGlobal and International Studies, Center for
dc.thesis.degreeLevelM.A.
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