Recent Changes in Heterosexual Attitudes, Norms and Behaviors among Unmarried Thai Men: A Qualitative Analysis. (Articles)

By VanLandingham, Mark; Trujillo, Lea | International Family Planning Perspectives, March 2002 | Go to article overview

Recent Changes in Heterosexual Attitudes, Norms and Behaviors among Unmarried Thai Men: A Qualitative Analysis. (Articles)


VanLandingham, Mark, Trujillo, Lea, International Family Planning Perspectives


CONTEXT: High risks of HIV infection have led to dramatic changes in patterns of early sexual experience among young Thai men. We know little about the shifts in attitudes and expectations underlying these changes in behavior.

METHODS: In-depth interviews with 70 young men are used to explore recent changes in the social context of male heterosexual relations in Thailand. Changes in ideas about the appropriateness and availability of commercial and noncommercial sexual relationships are examined, as well as changes in ideas regarding the importance of condom use during various types of sexual encounters. The use of standard interview guidelines and the systematic coding and analysis of transcripts allows comparison of these issues across cases.

RESULTS: In large part because of fears about AIDS, at least some younger Thai men are rebuffing older friends' efforts to initiate them into traditional patterns of sexual life, patterns that emphasize heavy alcohol consumption followed by a group visit to a brothel. Some participants report that opportunities exist for sexual relationships with female peers; these opportunities appear to be leading men and women to reevaluate longstanding patterns of male sexual expression.

CONCLUSIONS: The changing context of men's early sexual behavior should be considered when developing programs to prevent commercial sex patronage and to reduce the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases through noncommercial or quasicommercial sexual relationships.

RESUMEN

Contexto: Los altos riesgos de contagio con VIH en Tailandia han conducido a cambios radicales en los patrones de la conducta sexual precoz entre los jovenes varones tailandeses. No se dispone de informacion adecuada sobre los cambios en actitudes y perspectivas que influyen en dichos cam bios de comportamiento.

Metodos: Se utilizaron entrevistas a fondo a 10 hombres jovenes con el fin de explorar los cambios recientes que han ocurrido en el contexto de las relaciones heterosexuales en Tailandia desde el punto de vista de los hombres. Se examinaron los cambios en las ideas acerca de lo que se considera apropiado y permitido en materia de relaciones comerciales y no comerciales, y acerca del uso del condon durante estos diversos tipos de relaciones sexuales. El uso de directrices estandar de entrevista y de la conficacion sistematica del texto permite hacer un analisis de estos temas a nivel de casos individuales.

Resultados: Debido en gran parte al temor que existe de contraer el SIDA, por lo menos algunos jovenes tailandeses estan nechazando los esfuerzos de sus amigos mayores de inrodcirles a la vida sexual en la manera tradicional-i.e., el consumo de gran cantidad de alcohol seguido por una visita, en grupo, a un burdel. Algunos encuestados relatan que hoy en dia existen oportunidades de tener relaciones sexuales con sus pares mujeres; debido a dichas oportunidades, parece que los hombresy mujeres tailandeses estan entrando en un proceso de re-evaluar los patrones tradicionales de la expresion sexual masculina.

Conclusiones: Se debe tener en cuenta este nuevo contexto cambiante de la conducta sexual precoz entre los hombres jovenes de Tailandia al prepararse los programas dirigidos a reducir la propagacion del VIH y otras enfermedades transmitidas sexualmente a traves de las relaciones comerciales, cuasi-comerciales o no comerciales.

RESUME

Contexte: L'importance du risque d'infection a VIH a donne lieu a une transformation radicale de l'initiation sexualle des jeunes hommes thailandais. Les glissements d'attitudes et d'attentes a la base de ce changement comportemental ne sont pas clairs.

Methodes: Des interviews en profondeur de 10 jeunes hommes ont permis d'explorer l'evolution vecente du contexte social des relations heterosexuelles masculines en Thailande. L'evolution des idees est examinee quant au caractere approprie et a la disponibilite de relations sexuelles commerciales et non commerciales et quant a l'importance de l'usage du preservatif if lors de differents types de rencontres sexuelles. …

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