HBSC Briefing Paper 21: sexual health of 15 year olds in Scotland 2: circumstances of first intercourse

Candace Currie, Mareike Franz, Juliet McEachran, Ross Whitehead, Winfried van der Sluijs, Dorothy Currie, Jo Inchley, Fergus Neville

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Abstract

Sexual health is defined as a state of physical, emotional and social well-being regarding an individual’s sexual behaviour. Adolescence is a key period in the development of personal relationships and sexual
behaviour, and sexual initiation is a key aspect of sexual health among young people. This twenty-first
HBSC Briefing Paper (BP) examines circumstances of first sexual intercourse among 15-year olds** who have ever had sex, using data from the HBSC Surveys in Scotland in 2010 and 2014. Age of initiation, age of first sexual partner, alcohol or drug use before first sex and regret regarding the timing of first sexual intercourse are explored. It follows BP202 which presents findings on other aspects of sexual health using the same survey data, presenting on prevalence of having sexual intercourse by age 15 and the associated social and individual factors.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationUniversity of St Andrews
PublisherChild and Adolescent Health Research Unit (CAHRU)
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - May 2015

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Keywords

  • Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children (HBSC)
  • Scotland
  • sexual health
  • circumstances of intercourse

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Currie, C., Franz, M., McEachran, J., Whitehead, R., van der Sluijs, W., Currie, D., Inchley, J., & Neville, F. (2015). HBSC Briefing Paper 21: sexual health of 15 year olds in Scotland 2: circumstances of first intercourse. Child and Adolescent Health Research Unit (CAHRU).