Is alcohol a factor in unsafe sex among women seeking emergency contraception? A two-part study

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/305344
Title:
Is alcohol a factor in unsafe sex among women seeking emergency contraception? A two-part study
Authors:
Loxley, Andrew; Cahill, Karen; O’Keeffe, Stephanie
Publisher:
Crisis Pregnancy Agency, The Well Women Centre
Issue Date:
Dec-2005
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/305344
Item Type:
Report
Language:
en
Description:
This study has as its research focus the relationship between unsafe sex and alcohol consumption. Alcohol has been recognised as a contributing factor in unsafe sexual practices. Although research has been undertaken in Ireland on this link, it is far from unequivocal as to either the degree to which or even how the two are related. The same is also discernible across the international literature. This study arose as a part of a Crisis Pregnancy Agency consultation process in which the Dublin Well Women Centre expressed an interest in exploring the patterns of alcohol use among a sample of women requesting emergency contraception (EC) at their clinics. Similar to research around alcohol and unsafe sex, the reasons and circumstances causing women to seek EC have not been thoroughly researched in the literature. This study was designed firstly to explore the extent to which a sample of women requesting EC (EC group) in a family planning clinic drank alcohol during the period in which unsafe sex took place and secondly, to assess whether contraception was used on the occasion of unsafe sex. A sample of women attending the clinic for reasons other than seeking EC (OC group) was also included in the study. This enabled a comparison across the two groups of patterns of alcohol consumption over time. The primary aims of this study were: • To assess whether contraception was used on the occasion of unsafe sex • To explore the extent to which a sample of women requesting EC drank alcohol during the period in which unsafe sex took place. The study utilised a mixed methods approach to data collection: questionnaires and interviews. 238 women who attended a clinic for emergency contraception and 222 women who attended the clinic for reasons other than emergency contraception completed a questionnaire. This represented response rates of 96% and 95% respectively. A sub-sample of eight women volunteered to be interviewed.
Keywords:
SEXUAL BEHAVIOUR; CONTRACEPTION; ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION
Series/Report no.:
Crisis Pregnancy Agency report; No. 14

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorLoxley, Andrewen_GB
dc.contributor.authorCahill, Karenen_GB
dc.contributor.authorO’Keeffe, Stephanieen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2013-11-13T11:59:16Z-
dc.date.available2013-11-13T11:59:16Z-
dc.date.issued2005-12-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/305344-
dc.descriptionThis study has as its research focus the relationship between unsafe sex and alcohol consumption. Alcohol has been recognised as a contributing factor in unsafe sexual practices. Although research has been undertaken in Ireland on this link, it is far from unequivocal as to either the degree to which or even how the two are related. The same is also discernible across the international literature. This study arose as a part of a Crisis Pregnancy Agency consultation process in which the Dublin Well Women Centre expressed an interest in exploring the patterns of alcohol use among a sample of women requesting emergency contraception (EC) at their clinics. Similar to research around alcohol and unsafe sex, the reasons and circumstances causing women to seek EC have not been thoroughly researched in the literature. This study was designed firstly to explore the extent to which a sample of women requesting EC (EC group) in a family planning clinic drank alcohol during the period in which unsafe sex took place and secondly, to assess whether contraception was used on the occasion of unsafe sex. A sample of women attending the clinic for reasons other than seeking EC (OC group) was also included in the study. This enabled a comparison across the two groups of patterns of alcohol consumption over time. The primary aims of this study were: • To assess whether contraception was used on the occasion of unsafe sex • To explore the extent to which a sample of women requesting EC drank alcohol during the period in which unsafe sex took place. The study utilised a mixed methods approach to data collection: questionnaires and interviews. 238 women who attended a clinic for emergency contraception and 222 women who attended the clinic for reasons other than emergency contraception completed a questionnaire. This represented response rates of 96% and 95% respectively. A sub-sample of eight women volunteered to be interviewed.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherCrisis Pregnancy Agency, The Well Women Centreen_GB
dc.relation.ispartofseriesCrisis Pregnancy Agency reporten_GB
dc.relation.ispartofseriesNo. 14en_GB
dc.subjectSEXUAL BEHAVIOURen_GB
dc.subjectCONTRACEPTIONen_GB
dc.subjectALCOHOL CONSUMPTIONen_GB
dc.titleIs alcohol a factor in unsafe sex among women seeking emergency contraception? A two-part studyen_GB
dc.typeReporten
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