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Youth perspectives on sexually transmitted infections and sexual health in Northern Canada and implications for public health practice.

https://arctichealth.org/en/permalink/ahliterature289668
Source
Int J Circumpolar Health. 2016; 75:30706
Publication Type
Journal Article
Date
2016
Author
Gwen Healey
Author Affiliation
Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre, Iqaluit, NU, Canada and Northern Ontario School of Medicine; Gwen.healey@qhrc.ca.
Source
Int J Circumpolar Health. 2016; 75:30706
Date
2016
Language
English
Publication Type
Journal Article
Keywords
Adolescent
Attitude to Health - ethnology
Female
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice - ethnology
Humans
Inuits - psychology
Male
Nunavut - epidemiology
Parent-Child Relations
Public Health Practice
Qualitative Research
Sexual Health - ethnology
Sexually Transmitted Diseases - ethnology - psychology
Young Adult
Abstract
High rates of sexually transmitted infections in the Arctic have been a focus of recent research, and youth are believed to be at greatest risk of infection. Little research has focused on understanding youth perspectives on sexual health. The goal of this study was to collect the perspectives of youth in Nunavut on sexual health and relationships with the intent of informing public health practice.
This qualitative research study was conducted within an Indigenous knowledge framework with a focus on Inuit ways of knowing. Data were collected through face-to-face interviews in three Nunavut communities with 17 youth between the ages of 14 and 19 years. Participants were asked open-ended questions about their experiences talking about sexual health and relationships with their family, peers, teachers or others in the community.
There are four key findings, which are important for public health: (a) Parents/caregivers are the preferred source of knowledge about sexual health and relationships among youth respondents; (b) youth did not report using the Internet for sexual health information; (c) youth related sexual decision-making to the broader community context and determinants of health, such as poverty; and (d) youth discussed sexual health in terms of desire and love, which is an aspect of sexual health often omitted from the discourse.
The youth in this study articulated perspectives on sexual health, which are largely neglected in current public health practice in the North. The findings from this study underscore the important role of community-led participatory research in contributing to our understanding of the public health challenges in our communities today, and provide direction for future interventions and research.
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PubMed ID
27938635 View in PubMed
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Youth perspectives on sexually transmitted infections and sexual health in Northern Canada and implications for public health practice.

https://arctichealth.org/en/permalink/ahliterature289510
Source
Int J Circumpolar Health. 2016; 75:30706
Publication Type
Journal Article
Date
2016
Author
Gwen Healey
Author Affiliation
Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre, Iqaluit, NU, Canada and Northern Ontario School of Medicine; Gwen.healey@qhrc.ca.
Source
Int J Circumpolar Health. 2016; 75:30706
Date
2016
Language
English
Publication Type
Journal Article
Keywords
Adolescent
Attitude to Health - ethnology
Female
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice - ethnology
Humans
Inuits - psychology
Male
Nunavut - epidemiology
Parent-Child Relations
Public Health Practice
Qualitative Research
Sexual Health - ethnology
Sexually Transmitted Diseases - ethnology - psychology
Young Adult
Abstract
High rates of sexually transmitted infections in the Arctic have been a focus of recent research, and youth are believed to be at greatest risk of infection. Little research has focused on understanding youth perspectives on sexual health. The goal of this study was to collect the perspectives of youth in Nunavut on sexual health and relationships with the intent of informing public health practice.
This qualitative research study was conducted within an Indigenous knowledge framework with a focus on Inuit ways of knowing. Data were collected through face-to-face interviews in three Nunavut communities with 17 youth between the ages of 14 and 19 years. Participants were asked open-ended questions about their experiences talking about sexual health and relationships with their family, peers, teachers or others in the community.
There are four key findings, which are important for public health: (a) Parents/caregivers are the preferred source of knowledge about sexual health and relationships among youth respondents; (b) youth did not report using the Internet for sexual health information; (c) youth related sexual decision-making to the broader community context and determinants of health, such as poverty; and (d) youth discussed sexual health in terms of desire and love, which is an aspect of sexual health often omitted from the discourse.
The youth in this study articulated perspectives on sexual health, which are largely neglected in current public health practice in the North. The findings from this study underscore the important role of community-led participatory research in contributing to our understanding of the public health challenges in our communities today, and provide direction for future interventions and research.
Notes
Cites: J Dent Educ. 2003 Sep;67(9):981-90 PMID 14518836
Cites: Prev Med. 2001 Sep;33(3):179-89 PMID 11522159
Cites: Int J Circumpolar Health. 2014 Oct 21;73:null PMID 25405104
Cites: J Adolesc Health. 2009 Aug;45(2):156-62 PMID 19628142
Cites: J Public Health (Oxf). 2011 Jun;33(2):262-71 PMID 20705716
Cites: CMAJ. 1998 Aug 25;159(4):329-34 PMID 9732710
Cites: Int J Circumpolar Health. 2004;63 Suppl 2:270-3 PMID 15736666
Cites: J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2008 Feb;30(2):109-15 PMID 18254990
Cites: J Health Commun. 2011 Feb;16(2):112-23 PMID 21207311
Cites: J Adolesc Health. 2002 Dec;31(6 Suppl):264-79 PMID 12470924
Cites: Can J Public Health. 2014 Apr 16;105(2):e133-7 PMID 24886849
Cites: J Stud Alcohol. 2001 May;62(3):286-93 PMID 11414337
Cites: J Adolesc Health. 2009 Jan;44(1):73-80 PMID 19101461
Cites: Emerg Infect Dis. 2008 Jan;14(1):4-9 PMID 18258070
Cites: J Adolesc Health. 2007 Feb;40(2):116-26 PMID 17259051
Cites: Int J Circumpolar Health. 2012 Apr 16;71:1-8 PMID 22564463
Cites: Int J STD AIDS. 1997 Mar;8(3):159-65 PMID 9089026
Cites: Scand J Public Health. 2008 Aug;36(6):607-18 PMID 18775817
Cites: Am Indian Alsk Native Ment Health Res. 2012;19(1):1-14 PMID 22569722
Cites: Subst Use Misuse. 2001 May-Jun;36(6-7):845-65 PMID 11697614
Cites: Public Health Nurs. 2006 Nov-Dec;23(6):531-4 PMID 17096778
Cites: J Adolesc Health. 2010 Mar;46(3 Suppl):S23-41 PMID 20172458
Cites: BMJ. 2000 Jan 1;320(7226):50-2 PMID 10617534
Cites: Lancet. 2012 Apr 28;379(9826):1641-52 PMID 22538179
Cites: Stud Fam Plann. 2001 Sep;32(3):189-213 PMID 11677692
Cites: Scand J Public Health. 2004;32(5):390-5 PMID 15513673
Cites: Aust J Rural Health. 1997 Feb;5(1):43-7 PMID 9437934
Cites: Am J Community Psychol. 2011 Dec;48(3-4):426-38 PMID 21387118
Cites: Int J STD AIDS. 2015 Feb;26(2):98-106 PMID 24713230
PubMed ID
27938635 View in PubMed
Less detail