Power, Gender and Consent: Making Sense of Sexual Risk Taking (2006)

UNPUBLISHED: Improving sexual health among the most vulnerable young people is a major national priority, which needs more effective responses. The reduction of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and under-18 conceptions means preventing risk taking among socially excluded young people, who are less likely to attend mainstream services. In this study, 26 in-depth interviews with vulnerable young women aged 15 to 17 explored their perceptions of sexual health risks and strategies for managing them. The aim is to inform targeted service development to better reflect young women’s sexual health needs, as part of a programme of multimethod research carried out through Rochdale Teenage Pregnancy Strategy.

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