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'Walkin' about at night': the background to teenage pregnancy in a remote Aboriginal community

Senior, Kate and Chenhall, Richard (2008). 'Walkin' about at night': the background to teenage pregnancy in a remote Aboriginal community. Journal of Youth Studies,11(3):269-281.

Document type: Journal Article

IRMA ID 10322xPUB11
Title 'Walkin' about at night': the background to teenage pregnancy in a remote Aboriginal community
Author Senior, Kate
Chenhall, Richard
Journal Name Journal of Youth Studies
Publication Date 2008
Volume Number 11
Issue Number 3
ISSN 1367-6261   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 269
End Page 281
Total Pages 13
Place of Publication UK
Publisher Routledge
Field of Research 1608 - Sociology
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract In Australia, Indigenous young women are more likely to become pregnant while in their teens than non-Indigenous young women. Factors such as poverty, educational outcomes and unemployment play a major role; however, there is little understanding of the attitudes of young women themselves with regards to pregnancy. This paper explores young women's decisions regarding their sexual relationships and pregnancy in a remote Australian Aboriginal community, called River Town. It focuses on young women's motivations to pursue sexual relationships and the information about sex and male behaviour to women that informs their decision-making. 'Walkin' about at night' is the term that River Town residents use to describe the nocturnal activities of adolescent females. The focus of this activity is for a young woman to find and maintain a relationship with a boy. Although it is considered by the young women to be one of the most exciting parts of their lives, it carries with it the risk of pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease. Young women are very aware of the first of these risks, if not the second, as teenage pregnancy is the norm in the community.
Keywords youth culture
sexuality
health
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13676260801946449   (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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