In this paper, data from the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles are reviewed.
The survey, carried out in 1990-91, consists of a representative sample of 18 876 men and women aged 16-59 living in Great Britain.
Data relevant to sexual health included information on sexual partners, practices and frequency, age at first intercourse, the use of contraceptives, attendance at genitourinary medicine clinics, experience of abortion and infertility.
Respondents were also asked about their opinions on some aspects of sexual activity and relationships.
The subject of this paper is women sexual health and for this reason, only data for women are presented.
The large number of women interviewed (n=10492) allows some analysis of minority activities and multivariate analysis where a number of factors are likely to be associated with particular aspects of behaviour.
Results indicate a decline in the age at first intercourse with an associated increase in the proportion of women starting sex under the age of 16.
The latter are less likely to be protected against unwanted conception or sexually transmitted diseases at that time.
Younger women tended to have had more sexual partners, but the overriding views of women support serial monogamy rather than multiple concurrent relationships.
In a marital or regular relationship, respect and fidelity are valued more highly than the quality of the sexual side of the relationship.
Mots-clés Pascal : Enquête, Grande Bretagne, Royaume Uni, Europe, Sexualité, Comportement sexuel, Appareil génital femelle pathologie, Stérilité femelle, Contraception, Avortement provoqué, Stérilisation, Attitude, Femelle, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Inquiry, Great Britain, United Kingdom, Europe, Sexuality, Sexual behavior, Female genital diseases, Female sterility, Contraception, Induced abortion, Sterilization, Attitude, Female, Human
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Cote : 95-0481964
Code Inist : 002A26G05. Création : 01/03/1996.