The role of knowledge in the contraceptive behaviour of sexually active young people in state care

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Title: The role of knowledge in the contraceptive behaviour of sexually active young people in state care
Authors: Hyde, Abbey
Fullerton, Deirdre
Lohan, Maria
et al.
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/7646
Date: Jun-2016
Abstract: Aim: To analyse the role of sex-focused knowledge in the contraceptive behaviour of sexually active young people in state care. Methods: The sample consisted of 19 care leavers (young people previously in state care) aged 18–22 years, 16 females and 3 males. In-depth interviewing was the method of data collection, and a qualitative strategy resembling modified analytical induction was used to analyse data. Findings: Findings indicated that a lack of information was not the sole or even the primary reason for engaging in unsafe sexual practices. Other factors such as ambivalence to becoming pregnant also featured in participants' accounts. Several participants conveyed a relatively weak sense of agency about consistently using contraception. A small number of participants expressed a strong determination to avoid pregnancy, and these appeared to have a level of anxiety about becoming pregnant that motivated them to engage with knowledge about contraception and its use. Conclusion: Lack of sex-focused information is just one aspect of a myriad of complex factors, including socioeconomic disadvantage and/or emotional deprivation, that influence contraceptive behaviour.
Funding Details: Health Service Executive
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Elsevier
Copyright (published version): 2016 Elsevier
Keywords: Contraception;Young people in care;Looked-after young people;Sexual health
DOI: 10.1016/j.srhc.2016.02.001
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems Research Collection

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