DIAGRAM OF BODY IMAGE, SELF-ESTEEM AND UNSAFE SEX

 
Figure 2 (below) is a concise diagrammatic representation of the processes, behaviours and tendencies that I have discovered in my research. This diagram reveals the possible concepts, contexts, sequencing, actions/interactions and consequences of an unsafe sexual encounter."Diagrams," as Anselm Strauss and Juliet Corbin have noted, "are visual representations of the relationships among concepts,"1 and the diagram below is important in helping to understand the major concepts and their connections and the logic of the theory that has evolved out of my research.

The diagram is chronological in format but it is important to note that not all conditions, contexts, actions/interactions and consequences that occur may be present and if they are, they may act at different times or simultaneously, and in varying degrees of intensity in relationship to the concepts involved and the people present in the encounter. In other words they may be (in)dependently variable and unpredictably variable, or orthogonal. For example the concept 'embodiment of desire' may be enacted prior to 'meeting/interaction' through the visual desire for the body image from a distance, but it may also occur simultaneously at the same time as the meeting/interaction where the desire is for the body image as part of an overall personality package. Similarly, 'justifications' for having unsafe sex may occur before, during or after the (f)act of unsafe sexual intercourse taking place.

 

 

Figure 2. Sequencing an Unsafe Sexual Encounter

 

 
 

 

 

Footnotes

1. Strauss, Anselm and Corbin, Juliet. Basics of Qualitative Research: Techniques and Procedures for Developing Grounded Theory. (2nd edition). Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications, 1998, p.241.