This study investigated anticipation and communication around first sexual intercourse through semi-structured interviews with young people (aged 16 to 29) in England.
Ranging from surprise to pre-planning, several different levels of anticipation are explored.
The main findings are as follows :
Communication plays a central role, mediating between the degree of anticipation and the degree to which first intercourse is wanted, protected and enjoyed.
First intercourse tends to be characterized by silence, especially during early, spontaneous encounters.
Silence does not imply lack of communication-non-verbal communication plays an important role.
Where young people are ambivalent, verbal and non-verbal communication may send contradictory messages.
The implications of the results for future safer sex campaigns are discussed.
Mots-clés Pascal : Communication verbale, Communication non verbale, Relation sexuelle, Sexualité, Comportement sexuel, Promotion santé, Angleterre, Grande Bretagne, Royaume Uni, Europe, Adolescent, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Verbal communication, Non verbal communication, Sexual intercourse, Sexuality, Sexual behavior, Health promotion, England, Great Britain, United Kingdom, Europe, Adolescent, Human
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0148633
Code Inist : 002B30A03B. Création : 16/11/1999.