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Adolescents in Scotland: Challenges and Opportunities for Sexual Risk Reduction
  Sexually transmitted infections, HIV, and unplanned pregnancy challenge the health of Scottish teens. We conducted focus groups with teens (ages 16-19 years) recruited from an urban youth cafe in Edinburgh and assessed sexual risk-taking and protective behaviors. A trained facilitator, using a semi-structured interview guide, led the groups. We taped and transcribed data verbatim for coding and theming. The teens revealed similar concerns despite differences in gender and/or sexual histories. Despite school-based sex education, sex was rarely discussed with peers or adults outside classrooms; the ability to practice communication and negotiation skills was minimal. Much risky behavior occurred in public spaces and was often linked to drug or alcohol intake. There was a glaring lack of teen planning for, or contemplating, future adult lives. Findings highlight the challenges these teens faced in practicing safer sex and limited opportunities to tailor intervention strategies to address the cultural realities of their lives.

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  • Date:

    30 November 2019

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  • Publisher

    Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer Health)

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  • Library of Congress:

    RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    613.9071 Medicine & health - sex education

  • Funders:

    Edinburgh Napier Funded


Morrison-Beedy, D., Martin, C. H., Pow, J., & Elliott, L. (2019). Adolescents in Scotland: Challenges and Opportunities for Sexual Risk Reduction. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 30(6), 619-629.



adolescents, focus groups, HIV prevention, Scotland, sexual risk reduction, sexually transmitted infection prevention

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