Young People and Sexual Risk-taking


Since the mid-1990s there has been a notable increase in
sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among youths aged 15-24 years. This development is somewhat of a paradox since youths in general, according to quantitative studies, have good knowledge of what unprotected sexual relations can result in.

Comprehensive information from various organizations and authorities, not least school, offers possibilities to avoid infection. This project takes its point of departure in this apparent gap between knowledge and action, examining how sexual risk-taking and “safer sex” are constructed in sex education and today’s information and educational material aimed at youths, as well as how youths perceive this kind of material and education.

We problematize “youths” as a uniform category. Therefore, we examine different experiences and understandings of safe and unsafe sexual relations, as well as how these can be connected to notions and norms regarding gender, sexuality, ethnicity, age and class.

The project is funded by the Swedish Research Council.


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