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Teenagers´ sexual behavior in Sweden, Europe
Uppsala University, Medicinska vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health.
2005 In: Journal of Reproduction & Contraception, Vol. 16, 157-166 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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2005. Vol. 16, 157-166 p.
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-95562OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-95562DiVA: diva2:169830
Available from: 2007-03-09 Created: 2007-03-09Bibliographically approved
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1. Health, Risk-Taking Behavior and Sexuality in Swedish Adolescents
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Health, Risk-Taking Behavior and Sexuality in Swedish Adolescents
2007 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The overall aims of this research were to develop methods of identifying adolescents with unhealthy and/or risk-taking behavior with special reference to sexuality, and to evaluate support measures for young people in need of such interventions. A further aim was to assess strategies for preventing unhealthy and/or risk-taking behavior. Data were obtained by questionnaires (studies I, III, IV and V) and interviews (study II).

The results showed that young men involved in unintended pregnancies would benefit from active participation in the decision making regarding continuation or termination of the pregnancy, and from support at Outpatient Clinics for Adolescents in Sweden, including information together with the partner (I).

It was also concluded that consideration should be paid to questions and problems, e.g. feelings, apprehensions, moral issues and psychosocial factors, that require individual support from personnel with knowledge and resources to help young men in this difficult situation (II).

Among the most important findings regarding young men who had been involved in an unplanned pregnancy were that in this group a high percentage had previously considered suicide and that anabolic steroids were frequently used, compared with young men without experience of pregnancy (III).

The finding that unprotected intercourse occurred in a fairly high frequency among 13- to 18-year-olds, despite massive education and easy access to contraceptives, gives reason for further considerations regarding appropriate ways of providing information to young people (IV).

Girls and boys in vocational programs in Swedish high schools exhibit more risk-taking behaviors than those in theoretical programs and these two groups differ in clustering and accumulation of these behaviors. This means that preventive interventional strategies need to be elaborated with regard to these differences, with the aim of improving health maintenance among adolescents (V).

Child-and-youth centers with a developmental and research capacity need to be established with the broad purpose of drawing up health prevention programs for children and young people.

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Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2007. 81 p.
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Medicine, ISSN 1651-6206 ; 236
Pediatrics, unplanned pregnacy, abortion, adolescents, young men, individual support, Outpatient Clinic for Adolescents, Sweden, decision making, grounded theory, health behavior, risk behavior, sexual behavior, vocational program, theoretical program, Pediatrik
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-7701 (URN)978-91-554-6821-7 (ISBN)
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2007-03-30, Rosénsalen, University Hospital, Uppsala, 13:15
Available from: 2007-03-09 Created: 2007-03-09Bibliographically approved

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