Youth and sexuality
A special edition of the Reports in Public Health (v.22 n.7, July 2006) about youth, sexuality and reproduction presents a series of works based on the GRAVAD Research – Teenage pregnancy: A Study on Youth, Sexuality and Reproduction in Brazil, which has among its coordinators French demographer Michel Bozon (INED). The articles focus on several social phenomena that have brought up an intense public debate, such as first sexual relation, AIDS, the low rate of contraception among young people and "teenage pregnancy". GRAVAD research results from the partnership of three universities: the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA) and the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). The online version of these articles is available on the virtual library SciElo.
“The commom sense and the media present youth as people incapable to manage their sexual life and, frequently, irresponsible in their behaviors, with a sexual life with no rules. This image is fed by several kinds of prejudice, which scientific research must help deconstruct”, say the editors of the publication, anthropologists Maria Luiza Heilborn (UERJ), Estela Aquino (UFBA) and Daniela Knauth (UFRGS).
The titles of each article listed below link to the full version of the article.
Sex as body technique: male representations of affective and sexual relationships the article shows that men's first sexual experience is a process of physical and social learning by which they acquire technical knowledge on the use of their bodies and skill to relate to others, especially women. “These are important milestones in the passage to adulthood. In addition to differences in belonging to various socioeconomic segments, the authors focus on gender relations, especially models of masculinity, demonstrating that a young man's first sexual intercourse is a socially and symbolically striking moment, not limited to a single event, but an experience that involves different levels of learning as part of the process of becoming a man”, say the authors Andréa Fachel Leal and Daniela Knauth (UFRGS).
Teenagers and condom use: choices by young Brazilians from three Brazilian State capitals in their first and last sexual intercourse
School trajectory and teenage pregnancy in three Brazilian state capitals
Considering and submitting to abortion among young people in the context of legal prohibition: the hidden side of teenage pregnancy
Sexualidade e gravidez na adolescência entre jovens de camadas médias do Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
Induced abortion during youth: social inequalities in the outcome of the first pregnancy
Teenage motherhood and fatherhood: observations in three cities of Brazil
Work, schooling, and reproductive health: an ethno-epidemiological study of adolescent women belonging to a birth cohort
Sexual practices in youth: analysis of lifetime sexual trajectory and last sexual intercourse
Re-significando a dor e superando a solidão: experiências do parto entre adolescentes de classes populares atendidas em uma maternidade pública de Salvador, Bahia, Brasil
Magnitude and characterization of sexual coercion experienced by young adults in three Brazilian state capitals: Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro, and Salvador