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ERIC Number: EJ865880
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
ISSN: ISSN-1468-1811
Contraceptive Use and Non-Use among Teenage Girls in a Sexually Motivated Situation
Suvivuo, Pia; Tossavainen, Kerttu; Kontula, Osmo
Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning, v9 n4 p355-369 Nov 2009
This qualitative narrative study examined contraceptive use and non-use in light of the Theory of Planned Behaviour. The purpose of this paper was to understand contraceptive use and non-use among Finnish teenage girls: why do girls use or not use contraception in a sexually motivated situation and how do the determinants of the Theory of Planned Behaviour (intention, attitudes, social norms, self-efficacy and preparatory behaviour) and situational factors affect girls' contraception-related behaviour? The data are comprised of the narratives of 41 girls regarding their experience with sexually motivated situations that involved contraceptive use or non-use. The narratives were analysed with narrative analysis, a categorical-content mode of reading. The findings suggest that, in light of the Theory of Planned Behaviour and its key determinants, attitude, intention and preparatory behaviour, like carrying condoms, having a condom available and discussing safer sex before intercourse, were not alone sufficient for predicting contraceptive use. The crucial element seems to be self-efficacy. This study provides situational information about adolescent girls' contraception-related decision-making and practical implications for health promoters and sex educators. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland