How well protected are sexually active 15-year olds? Cross-national patterns in condom and contraceptive pill use 2002–2006

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/79294
Title:
How well protected are sexually active 15-year olds? Cross-national patterns in condom and contraceptive pill use 2002–2006
Authors:
Nic Gabhainn, Saoirse; Baban, Adriana; Boyce, William; Godeau, Emmanuelle; HBSC Sexual Health Focus Group
Affiliation:
Health Promotion Research Centre, School of Health Sciences, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
Publisher:
Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel
Journal:
International Journal of Public Health
Issue Date:
2009
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/79294
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
Objectives: To present comparative data on sexual initiation, and condom use and contraceptive pill use at last intercourse among adolescents in Europe, Israel and Canada. Methods: Data were collected by self-report questionnaire from nationally representative samples of 15 year olds in school classrooms in two cross-national surveys undertaken in 24 countries in 2001/02 and 30 countries in 2005/06. Results: In 2005/06 almost 27 % of those surveyed had had sex and almost 86 % reported using condoms or the contraceptive pill at last intercourse. This reflects little change since 2001/02 in prevalence of sexual initiation and a general increase in being well-protected at last intercourse. There were wide variations with up to a third of sexually active 15 year olds in some countries at risk for either Sexually Transmitted Infections or pregnancy, or both. Conclusions: Most adolescents were well protected against Sexually Transmitted Infections and pregnancy, but an important minority remain at risk, with very wide cross-national differences.
Keywords:
ADOLESCENCE; SEXUAL BEHAVIOUR; CONTRACEPTION USE; CROSS-NATIONAL COMPARISONS; HBSC

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorNic Gabhainn, Saoirse-
dc.contributor.authorBaban, Adriana-
dc.contributor.authorBoyce, William-
dc.contributor.authorGodeau, Emmanuelle-
dc.contributor.authorHBSC Sexual Health Focus Group-
dc.date.accessioned2009-08-31T14:58:44Z-
dc.date.available2009-08-31T14:58:44Z-
dc.date.issued2009-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/79294-
dc.descriptionObjectives: To present comparative data on sexual initiation, and condom use and contraceptive pill use at last intercourse among adolescents in Europe, Israel and Canada. Methods: Data were collected by self-report questionnaire from nationally representative samples of 15 year olds in school classrooms in two cross-national surveys undertaken in 24 countries in 2001/02 and 30 countries in 2005/06. Results: In 2005/06 almost 27 % of those surveyed had had sex and almost 86 % reported using condoms or the contraceptive pill at last intercourse. This reflects little change since 2001/02 in prevalence of sexual initiation and a general increase in being well-protected at last intercourse. There were wide variations with up to a third of sexually active 15 year olds in some countries at risk for either Sexually Transmitted Infections or pregnancy, or both. Conclusions: Most adolescents were well protected against Sexually Transmitted Infections and pregnancy, but an important minority remain at risk, with very wide cross-national differences.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherBirkhäuser Verlag, Baselen
dc.subjectADOLESCENCEen
dc.subjectSEXUAL BEHAVIOURen
dc.subjectCONTRACEPTION USEen
dc.subjectCROSS-NATIONAL COMPARISONSen
dc.subjectHBSCen
dc.titleHow well protected are sexually active 15-year olds? Cross-national patterns in condom and contraceptive pill use 2002–2006en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentHealth Promotion Research Centre, School of Health Sciences, National University of Ireland, Galway, Irelanden
dc.identifier.journalInternational Journal of Public Healthen
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