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Daughters of Exotic Dancers: A Phenomenological Study of Experiences &Amp; Outcomes

Sarah C Erwin, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


Previous research has provided insight into the plethora of risks associated with working as an exotic dancer (e.g., drug and alcohol abuse, sexual assault, history of child abuse and neglect), however, gaps in the literature remain. Specifically, there is a void regarding the intergenerational impacts on children whose mothers are employed as exotic dancers. However, the available literature suggests they are exposed, both directly (e.g., unstable housing, low SES) and indirectly (e.g., witnesses to domestic violence; maternal depression) to factors which challenge optimal developmental outcomes. Through application of phenomenological research methodology, this research presents the socioemotional experiences and outcomes of the adult daughters of exotic dancers. Data were collected through in-depth interviews with ten participants. Findings focus on four areas: 1) relationships (i.e., parent-child, intimate partners, peers), 2) career and education, 3) health and wellbeing, and 4) sexuality and gender. Shared experiences within the sample include experienced and observed intimate partner violence, child abuse and neglect, and parental absence, among others. Limitations and implications for future research and practice are also presented.

Subject Area

Individual & family studies

Recommended Citation

Erwin, Sarah C, "Daughters of Exotic Dancers: A Phenomenological Study of Experiences &Amp; Outcomes" (2020). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI27956195.