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Young women, sexual behaviour and sexual decision-making

Young women, sexual behaviour and sexual decision-making

Hoggart, Lesley (2006) Young women, sexual behaviour and sexual decision-making. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 7 (1):28. ISSN 1438-5627

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Abstract

This paper considers young people's sexual decision-making in the context of New Labour's policies on teenage pregnancy. In 1999, the newly formed Social Exclusion Unit sought to understand why the UK had the highest number of teenage conceptions in Europe (SEU 1999). One of the conclusions was that young people in the UK are engaging in "risky" rather than "safe" sex. Although New Labour has since developed policies designed to help young people avoid what is seen as risky sexual activity, there is a tension in sexual health policy between the overall aim of providing young people with the knowledge and confidence to practice "safe sex", and an underlying belief amongst many in the undesirability of "underage sex". This is partly a legacy of disagreements evident in the 1980s and 1990s when some organisations argued against sex education and contraceptive provision for young people on the grounds that it encouraged promiscuous and risky behaviour. The paper shows how alternative meanings of risk and responsibility are present in young mothers' own representations of their sexual decision-making. It does this through an analysis of two research projects on Young Women, Sex and Choices.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] This full-text of the paper appears to have an alternative title - Young Women, Sexual Behaviour and Sexual Decision-Making.
Uncontrolled Keywords: risk, sexual behaviour, teenage pregnancy, abortion, contraception
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Health & Social Care
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:08
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/3242

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