Perception of vulnerability in young females’ experiences of oral sex: Findings from the focus group discussions

Elena Sovetkina, Marjorie Weiss, Bas Verplanken

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The current study examined the issue of vulnerability in oral sex as perceived by female university students. Five focus group discussions were conducted with an aim to look at different sides of young females’ experiences of fellatio and cunnilingus. The study revealed that vulnerability in oral sex was perceived by females as physical and emotional, and was further amplified by sociocultural and gender power pressures. Perception of vulnerability reflected the transition stage in females’ efforts to resolve gender-structured oral sex dilemma. Findings have implications for educators and healthcare providers who aim to protect young females’ physical and mental health.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1418643
JournalCogent Psychology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 21 Dec 2017


  • adolescent sexuality
  • qualitative studies
  • sex/gender roles
  • sexual health promotion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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