Understanding survival sex: young women, homelessness and intimate relationships

  title={Understanding survival sex: young women, homelessness and intimate relationships},
  author={Juliet Watson},
  journal={Journal of Youth Studies},
  pages={639 - 655}
  • J. Watson
  • Published 21 July 2011
  • Sociology, Psychology
  • Journal of Youth Studies
This article seeks to explore gendered experiences of homelessness through an examination of survival sex. Survival sex is usually understood to be the exchange of sex for material support, however, this research found a greater complexity in the intimate relationships being undertaken by young women experiencing homelessness. In-depth interviews were conducted with 15 young women aged 18–25 years living in Melbourne, Australia. Participants were asked about their experiences of intimate… 

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