Young unmarried men and sex: Do friends and partners shape risk behaviour?

Marston, CA; Juarez, F; Izazola, JA; (2004) Young unmarried men and sex: Do friends and partners shape risk behaviour? Critical public health, 6 (5). pp. 411-424. ISSN 0958-1596 DOI:

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Young people's sexual health is of growing concern. Past studies have been limited by their focus on the individual. More useful are "interaction-orientated" approaches that focus on partners and on the social context, rather than on the individual alone. This paper describes a study of 8068 men in Mexico City that takes this new approach. Multivariate techniques were used to examine use of contraception for pregnancy prevention and for sexually transmitted disease prophylaxis among unmarried, heterosexually active men aged 15-24. Friends and sexual partners were found to play an important role in shaping risk behaviour. To explain such behaviours adequately we need to take account of more than the characteristics of individuals isolated from their social contexts.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Social and Environmental Health Research
Research Centre: Centre for Maternal, Reproductive and Child Health (MARCH)


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