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In the heat of the night, it is difficult to get it right: teenagers' attitudes and values towards sexual risk-taking
University of Skövde, School of Life Sciences. Växjö University, Sweden.
Borås University College, Sweden / Växjö University, Sweden.
Borås University College, Sweden / Växjö University, Sweden.
2008 (English)In: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, ISSN 1748-2623, E-ISSN 1748-2631, Vol. 3, no 2, 103-112 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study, using a hermeneutic approach, is based on data from four focus group interviews with 25 Swedish teenagers participating, ranging from 18-19 years of age. The aim is to gain a deeper understanding of teenagers' values and attitudes towards sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and sexual risk-taking. The teenagers seem to seek an excuse to fend off responsibility and deny their sexual risk-taking, an excuse provided by drunkenness. Under the influence of alcohol, teenagers are not too shy to have sex but remain embarrassed to talk about condom use. It seems as though the dialogue feels more intimate than the intercourse when it comes to protecting ones sexual health. To be able to act out in this sexual risk-taking the teenager often views the partner in a one-night-stand as an object, as opposed to a love relationship where they view their partner as subject, a person they care for. Engaging in sexual risk-taking often starts at a club where the teenagers go out to socialize and drink alcohol. They then play a game and a part of the game is to pretend that they do not play a game. In this game, certain rules are to be followed and the rules are set up by the girl, mainly to protect the romantic image of being carefully selected and thereby protected from being stigmatized as “sluts” or “whores”.

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Informa Healthcare, 2008. Vol. 3, no 2, 103-112 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-2901DOI: 10.1080/17482620802042149Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-46749130900OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-2901DiVA: diva2:209540
Available from: 2009-03-25 Created: 2009-03-25 Last updated: 2015-03-12Bibliographically approved

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