A ghost at church: A narrative inquiry into how single LDS (Mormon) women make meaning of their sexuality

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Date created: 
2018-11-13
Identifier: 
etd19979
Keywords: 
Mormon
LDS
Single
Sexuality
Psychotherapy
Narrative methodology
Abstract: 

There is very limited research exploring the experiences of single LDS (Mormon) women and sexuality. This study used a narrative approach to explore how ten single LDS women make meaning of their sexuality within a context that forbids premarital sexual activity. Four main constraints emerged from participants’ stories. As women, they face limits on institutional authority and pressure to put their personal needs second. As single individuals, they are susceptible to stigma and have no legitimized outlet in which to discuss or express sexuality. These significant constraints were most evident in bishop’s interviews. Experiences there impacted how women viewed themselves and formed their identities, including their sexual identities. Challenges include arbitrary penalties and experiences of judgment and shame. Some women act agentically within these institutional constraints as they choose how to interpret rules, define their own relationships with their sexuality and negotiate changing perceptions of the institution and of God.

Document type: 
Thesis
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This thesis may be printed or downloaded for non-commercial research and scholarly purposes. Copyright remains with the author.
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Supervisor(s): 
Sharalyn Jordan
Ozlem Sensoy
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Education: Faculty of Education
Thesis type: 
(Thesis) M.A.
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