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Article: The gender implications of sexual health education needs among Chinese early school leavers

TitleThe gender implications of sexual health education needs among Chinese early school leavers
Authors
KeywordsAdolescents
Chinese
Gender
Sexual health
Issue Date2009
PublisherHong Kong College of Family Physicians. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.hkcfp.org.hk/
Citation
Hong Kong Practitioner, 2009, v. 31 n. 3, p. 120-127 How to Cite?
AbstractObjective: The following paper examines the sexual health needs of Chinese early school leavers from a gender perspective. The objectives were to shed light on adolescent experience and their understanding of intimate relationships, identify their knowledge of sex education and explore their sexual education needs. Design: A prospective survey design using mixed methods was employed. Subjects: A total of 28 adolescents were purposively recruited on the basis of age and sex from the YMCA in Hong Kong and 4 homogenous focus groups were subsequently conducted. In addition three individual face to face interviews were conducted. Main outcome measures/Results: A total of six gender-contrasting themes were found. These included: love and sexuality; the importance of appearance and body shape; feeling more positive after sex; the need for separate sex education classes, preferred sources of health information and sexual health needs. We found that both sexes felt that having the "right person" to deliver sex education was of crucial importance. For the girls the social pressures exerted by friends, fear of pregnancy after sex, and worry about sex without love were important topics. The girls expressed their need for further information on how to deal with social pressures, moral value clarification, the stigma of being seen to be sexually active and handling their disgust over pornography. In contrast the boys had little concern about pornography but did want to learn how to communicate and negotiate with the opposite sex. Conclusion: The differences found highlight the importance of approaching sexual health education from a cultural and gender perspective, in particular developing peer educator-led programmes to create normative support for early school leavers. Particular attention needs to be paid to the rapidly shifting and influential sources of adolescent sex education information such as the Internet and social groups.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/132417
ISSN
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.101
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dc.contributor.authorLee, Aen_HK
dc.contributor.authorWong, SYSen_HK
dc.contributor.authorWong, Jen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLeung, PWSen_HK
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dc.date.issued2009en_HK
dc.identifier.citationHong Kong Practitioner, 2009, v. 31 n. 3, p. 120-127en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1027-3948en_HK
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dc.description.abstractObjective: The following paper examines the sexual health needs of Chinese early school leavers from a gender perspective. The objectives were to shed light on adolescent experience and their understanding of intimate relationships, identify their knowledge of sex education and explore their sexual education needs. Design: A prospective survey design using mixed methods was employed. Subjects: A total of 28 adolescents were purposively recruited on the basis of age and sex from the YMCA in Hong Kong and 4 homogenous focus groups were subsequently conducted. In addition three individual face to face interviews were conducted. Main outcome measures/Results: A total of six gender-contrasting themes were found. These included: love and sexuality; the importance of appearance and body shape; feeling more positive after sex; the need for separate sex education classes, preferred sources of health information and sexual health needs. We found that both sexes felt that having the "right person" to deliver sex education was of crucial importance. For the girls the social pressures exerted by friends, fear of pregnancy after sex, and worry about sex without love were important topics. The girls expressed their need for further information on how to deal with social pressures, moral value clarification, the stigma of being seen to be sexually active and handling their disgust over pornography. In contrast the boys had little concern about pornography but did want to learn how to communicate and negotiate with the opposite sex. Conclusion: The differences found highlight the importance of approaching sexual health education from a cultural and gender perspective, in particular developing peer educator-led programmes to create normative support for early school leavers. Particular attention needs to be paid to the rapidly shifting and influential sources of adolescent sex education information such as the Internet and social groups.en_HK
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dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subjectAdolescentsen_HK
dc.subjectChineseen_HK
dc.subjectGenderen_HK
dc.subjectSexual healthen_HK
dc.titleThe gender implications of sexual health education needs among Chinese early school leaversen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailWong, WCW:wongwcw@hku.hken_HK
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