Academic journal article The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

Young People and Sexual Health: Individual, Social and Policy Contexts

Academic journal article The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

Young People and Sexual Health: Individual, Social and Policy Contexts

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1. Young people and sexual health: individual, social and policy contexts Edited by Elizabeth Burtney and Mary Duffy. Published by Palgrave Macmillan, Hampshire 2004. Paperback 256 pp. Price £17.99 ISBN 0-333-99357-8

There is a rising incidence in sexually transmitted infections, with young people being a highly significant part of this problem. This book, set out in four parts, benefits from each of the parts having a concise introduction and vignette of the topics.

The book explores issues relating to sexual health and sexuality from the perspective of young people rather than from the eyes of adults, governments or non-governmental organisations. The strength of the book lies in evidence being drawn from highly publicised qualitative and quantitative studies. These studies throw light on the influence of factors such as social class, ethnicity and religion on the diversity of heterosexual behaviour.

The book explains the difference of risk perception in the context of sexual activity and sexual relationships. This difference explains why young people take risks with a myopic view of the outcome rather than the long-term sequelae. …

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