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A rapid review of Indigenous boys' and men's sexual health in Canada.

Authors
  • Hackett, Lisa1
  • Biderman, Maya1, 2
  • Doria, Nicole1
  • Courville, Julien1
  • Bogner, Emma1
  • Spencer, Rebecca1
  • Miller, Dave3
  • McMillan, Jane4
  • Numer, Matthew1
  • 1 School of Health and Human Performance, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada. , (Canada)
  • 2 Department of Psychiatry, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada. , (Canada)
  • 3 Healing Our Nations, Dartmouth, NS, Canada. , (Canada)
  • 4 Department of Anthropology, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS, Canada. , (Canada)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Culture, health & sexuality
Publication Date
May 01, 2021
Volume
23
Issue
5
Pages
705–721
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/13691058.2020.1722856
PMID: 32223538
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Indigenous boys and men in Canada face adverse social and structural circumstances that affect their ability to achieve and maintain sexual health. Research about Indigenous sexual health, however, is largely limited to matters relating to women and statistics on sexually transmitted infections. A rapid review of research was conducted to determine what is currently known about Indigenous boys' and men's sexual health in Canada. Given the prevalence of research documenting quantitative disparities, the current review included qualitative research only. Thirteen included studies explored a wide range of topics relating to sexual health and an overarching intersection between social conditions and individual health outcomes was observed. The results of this review reveal significant gaps in the literature relating to the holistic sexual health of Indigenous boys and men and highlight important domains of sexual health to consider in future research. Findings suggest that sexual health programmes that promote traditional Indigenous knowledge and intergenerational relationships may be effective for promoting sexual health among Indigenous boys and men.

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