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Gendered discourses of youth sexualities - an exploration of PubMed articles on prevention of sexually transmissible infections
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Family Medicine.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
2014 (English)In: Sexual & Reproductive HealthCare, ISSN 1877-5756, Vol. 5, no 3, 81-89 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

OBJECTIVE: To explore how gender is addressed in medical articles on the prevention of sexually transmissible infections (STI) among adolescents.

METHODS: Sixtyone articles were retrieved from a PubMed search and scrutinized by qualitative content analysis.

RESULTS: Most articles were affiliated with North American research institutions, but there were also reports from Europe, Africa, South America, and Asia. Gender turned up in the following four recurrent discourses: Gendered Receptiveness for Information, Stereotyped Heterosexual Expectations, Power Imbalance in Sexual Relations, and Gendered Prevention Approaches. Young women were described as knowledgeable, communicative, and responsible, but at risk because of feminine ideals and a lack of negotiating power. Men were described as less informed, more reluctant to discuss, and more risk taking due to masculine ideals and power dominance. Prevention approaches concerned how to postpone sex and/or tailor gender-sensitive programs for specific groups of young women and men.

CONCLUSION: Researchers' own gender expectations might have a substantial impact on how sex and sexual health is considered in prevention research. To avoid reconstruction of current inequalities and stereotypes regarding sexual practices of young women and men, the impact of gender, the power structures in intimate relations, and the cultural context should be considered. Medical research on STI prevention could benefit from including a wider array of gender perspectives.

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2014. Vol. 5, no 3, 81-89 p.
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sexually transmisible infection, prevention, sex, gender, qualitative analysis, youth
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Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-94747DOI: 10.1016/j.srhc.2014.07.002ISI: 000342889200001PubMedID: 25200967OAI: diva2:756044
Available from: 2014-10-16 Created: 2014-10-16 Last updated: 2015-01-21Bibliographically approved

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