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Sexual chance taking: A qualitative study on sexuality among detained youths
Malmö högskola.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5637-5106
Malmö högskola.
2013 (English)In: European journal of contraception & reproductive health care, ISSN 1362-5187, E-ISSN 1473-0782, Vol. 18, no 5, 335-342 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Many, although not all, juvenile detainees are known to be sexual risk-takers but little attention has been paid to why they engage in early sexual intercourse, have more partners, often have sex under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and without protection.

Objective: To understand the rationale behind sexual risk-taking among detained adolescents.

Method: Qualitative study of interviews with nine girls and 11 boys, aged 15 to 20 years, at detention centres in southern Sweden. Two major categories surface in the analysis of the interviews: contradictions and vulnerability. A core category, chance outdoes risk that describes the adolescents' pragmatic view on sexual risk-taking as being a chance of something good rather than a risk of something bad, captures the connection between these categories and the individual.

Conclusion: Among our interviewees, sexual chance taking appears rewarding. Recognising this rationality is valuable for all professionals promoting sexual health within similar groups of youths.

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2013. Vol. 18, no 5, 335-342 p.
Keyword [en]
Sexual health; Sexual risk-taking; STI/HIV-prevention; Juvenile delinquents; Detained youths
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-28396DOI: 10.3109/13625187.2013.814770ISI: 000324618100003PubMedID: 23879439OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-28396DiVA: diva2:874717
Available from: 2015-11-27 Created: 2015-11-27 Last updated: 2015-11-27Bibliographically approved

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