Sources of Sex Information Used by Young British Women Who Have Sex with Women (WSW) and Women Who Have Sex Exclusively with Men (WSEM): Evidence from the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles

Burkill, Sarah and Waterhouse, Philippa (2019). Sources of Sex Information Used by Young British Women Who Have Sex with Women (WSW) and Women Who Have Sex Exclusively with Men (WSEM): Evidence from the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles. Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 16(1) pp. 22–30.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s13178-018-0327-z

Abstract

There is little consideration about the provision of information about sex to women who have sex with women (WSW). This study drew on data from the third National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyle, a nationally representative survey of people in Great Britain. Logistic regression was undertaken to examine firstly the relationships between WSW and women who have sex exclusively with men (WSEM) and their main source of information about sex, and secondly between WSW/WSEM and unmet need for information about sex. Each source was included as the binary outcome indicating yes this was the main source, or no this was not the main source of information about sex. The results found that WSW had significantly lower odds of reporting lessons at schools as their main source of information, and significantly higher odds of reporting sources defined as ‘other’ (predominantly first girlfriend/boyfriend or sexual partner) as their main source of information. Reported levels of unmet need for information was also higher amongst young WSW compared with WSEM. This study provides new insights into the sex educational needs of young women and highlights the need for sex education in schools in Great Britain to include information on a full-range of sexual practices, including same-sex sexual relationships.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 54101
  • Item Type
  • Journal Item
  • ISSN
  • 1553-6610
  • Keywords
  • women who have sex with women; sexual health; sex education; source of information about sex
  • Academic Unit or School
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
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  • © 2018 The Authors
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  • Philippa Waterhouse

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