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Betsy Thom, Rosemary Sales, and Jenny Pearce

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347329

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347329.001.0001

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Young women, sexual behaviour and sexual decision making

Young women, sexual behaviour and sexual decision making

(p.185) eleven Young women, sexual behaviour and sexual decision making
Growing up with risk

Lesley Hoggart

Policy Press

This chapter considers the meanings currently attached to risk in the area of sexual health and young people. It begins by introducing the policy context for the current debate on young people and sexual behaviour, placing this within a comparative European framework. The chapter then draws upon two recent empirical-research projects on ‘young women, sex, and choices’. These projects, commissioned by local teenage-pregnancy coordinators, sought to gain insights into the sexual decision-making processes of young mothers in relation to their pregnancies, and to assess their views on sexual behaviour and morality.

Keywords:   sexual health, young people, risk perception, sex, teenage pregnancy, teenage mothers, morality

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