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Gender differences in Ayrshire teenagers' attitudes to sexual relationships, responsibility and unintended pregnancies.

Authors
  • Hooke, A
  • Capewell, S
  • Whyte, M
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of adolescence
Publication Date
Aug 01, 2000
Volume
23
Issue
4
Pages
477–486
Identifiers
PMID: 10936018
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Disadvantages and risks related to teenage pregnancy, together with a recent increase in Scottish conception rates among teenagers aged 13-15 years old, give cause for concern. Using an illustrated short story and questionnaire, attitudes of 129 Ayrshire teenagers aged 14-15 years old were examined to teenage pregnancy, and more generally to early sex. Seventy-three percent of girls advocated joint responsibility for contraceptive protection compared with only 46% of boys (p<0.01). Also, significantly more boys than girls saw nothing wrong with casual sex (21%vs. 5%, p<0.01), and significantly less boys than girls upheld the virtue of commitment in sexual relationships (27%vs. 54%, p<0.01). Sex education programmes should explore these gender-related disparities.

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