Sexual health among young people in Scotland

Joanna Kirby, Winfried van der Sluijs, Candace Currie

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Adolescence is a key period in the development of personal relationships and sexual behaviour. It is during this time that thoughts and feelings about sexual behaviour emerge, often the result of developing relationships, curiosity and sexually active peers. Sexual health has previously been defined as the complete physical, emotional, mental and social well-being of individuals with regards to their sexual behaviour (Berkeley & Ross, 2003) and is in keeping with the World Health Organisation (WHO) definition adopted by the national sexual health strategy, Respect and Responsibility (Scottish Executive, 2005)
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherChild and Adolescent Health Research Unit (CAHRU)
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2010

Publication series

NameHBSC Briefing Paper


  • young people
  • sexual Health
  • school
  • contraception
  • trends
  • HBSC


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