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'Young clean and safe?' Young people's perceptions of risk from sexually transmitted infections in regional, rural and remote Australia

Senior, Kate, Helmer, Janet, Chenhall, Richard and Burbank, Victoria (2014). 'Young clean and safe?' Young people's perceptions of risk from sexually transmitted infections in regional, rural and remote Australia. Culture, Health and Sexuality,16(4):453-466.

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Title 'Young clean and safe?' Young people's perceptions of risk from sexually transmitted infections in regional, rural and remote Australia
Author Senior, Kate
Helmer, Janet
Chenhall, Richard
Burbank, Victoria
Journal Name Culture, Health and Sexuality
Publication Date 2014
Volume Number 16
Issue Number 4
ISSN 1369-1058   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84899432390
Start Page 453
End Page 466
Total Pages 14
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract This paper examines young people's perceived vulnerability to sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and their efforts to create a sense of personal safety within an environment in which risks may be high and where STIs are highly stigmatised. The paper reports on findings from research involving both Indigenous and non-Indigenous 16- to 25-year-olds from remote, rural and regional Australia, including communities in the Northern Territory, Western Australia and South Australia. The study used qualitative methods, including body mapping and scenario based interviewing, to explore how young people made decisions about potential sexual partners and how STIs were understood within the context of young people's everyday social worlds. The paper has important implications for the design and implementation of sexual-health education programmes by documenting the stigmatisation of young people with STIs and the protective mechanisms peer groups employ to create perceptions of personal safety.

Keywords young people
sexual health
risk perception
STIs
regional health
Australia
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13691058.2014.888096   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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