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Contraceptive use and associated factors among Swedish high school students
Mälardalen University, Department of Caring and Public Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2722-5544
2007 (English)In: European journal of contraception & reproductive health care, ISSN 1362-5187, E-ISSN 1473-0782, Vol. 12, no 2, p. 119-124Article, review/survey (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Abstract [en]

OBJECTIVES: To investigate self-reported sexual experiences, abortions, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), use of contraception and possible influencing factors on contraceptive use among Swedish high school students. METHODS: An anonymous classroom survey was distributed to a random sample (n = 924) of 18-year-old high school students in a medium-sized Swedish city. The response rate was 78% (n = 718). RESULTS: Three out of four students had experienced intercourse and the majority of them stated that they were satisfied with their sexual life. Few students reported having had an abortion (5%) or a STI (4%). Alcohol use appeared the most important contributing risk factor for non-use of contraception in relation to both first and latest intercourse, and the young men reported more unprotected latest intercourse than the young women did. CONCLUSION: The fact that young men appear less inclined to use contraception is disturbing, and must be addressed in sexual education and individual counseling to promote a better sexual health for adolescents.

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2007. Vol. 12, no 2, p. 119-124
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High school students, sexual experiences, induced abortion, sexually transmitted infections, contraceptive use
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-3700DOI: 10.1080/13625180701217026ISI: 000248249000005Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-34250188055OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-3700DiVA, id: diva2:116364
Available from: 2007-09-07 Created: 2007-09-07 Last updated: 2017-12-14Bibliographically approved

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