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Male students' behaviour, knowledge, attitudes, and needs in sexual and reproductive health matters
Department of Womens and Childrens Health, Uppsala University, Sweden.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2148-8044
Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Uppsala University, Sweden.
Department of Womens and Childrens Health, Uppsala University, Sweden.
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2009 (English)In: European journal of contraception & reproductive health care, ISSN 1362-5187, E-ISSN 1473-0782, Vol. 14, no 4, p. 268-276Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objectives To investigate young male students' behaviour, knowledge, attitudes, and needs related to sexual and reproductive health (SRH). Differences between students on vocational and academic study programmes were also investigated. Method A questionnaire consisting of 87 multiple choice questions was distributed to 253 male students attending three upper secondary schools in a single Swedish county. Results A response rate of 76% (n=192) was achieved. Vocational students displayed more risk behaviour than those in academic study programmes regarding use of tobacco and sexual behaviour. Eighteen percent of those who were sexually experienced had suggested or provided the emergency contraception pill (ECP) to a girl. Insufficient knowledge of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) was identified, especially among the vocational students. No one reported the upper secondary school as their main source of knowledge and both groups requested more information about both genders' reproductive systems, and STIs. Some discriminatory attitudes regarding gender equality in SRH matters were identified. Both groups stated that male-friendly Youth Health Clinics (YHCs), easier access to condoms and Internet-service for Chlamydia test are important. Conclusions Improvements in the quality and quantity of sex education in upper secondary schools are needed; they should be tailored to the spectrum of students' situations and needs. A structure of the YHC adapted to male youths' needs and alternative, easily accessible STI tests are important factors for reaching young men and having them participate in a responsible way in protecting their own and their partners' SRH.

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2009. Vol. 14, no 4, p. 268-276
Keywords [en]
Attitudes; Contraception; Knowledge; Male sexuality; Reproductive health; Sex education; STI; Young men
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-9603DOI: 10.1080/13625180903015871ISI: 000268280100004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-70349562603OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-9603DiVA, id: diva2:233531
Available from: 2009-09-01 Created: 2009-09-01 Last updated: 2017-12-13Bibliographically approved

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