Unwanted sexual experiences among adolescents: shedding light on the gray zone between consensual and non-consensual sex.

TitreUnwanted sexual experiences among adolescents: shedding light on the gray zone between consensual and non-consensual sex.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsAkré, C, Chabloz, J-M, Bélanger, RE, Michaud, P-A, Surís, J-C
JournalInt J Adolesc Med Health
Volume25
Issue1
Pagination69-74
Date Published2013
DOI10.1515/ijamh-2013-0009
ISSN0334-0139
ISBN Number0334-0139 (Print)
Mots-clésAdolescent, Adult, Coercion, Communication, Emotions, Female, Focus Groups, Humans, Male, Sex Education, Sexual Behavior, Young Adult
Abstract

UNLABELLED: This study aimed at exploring adolescents' perceptions of unwanted sexual experiences (USE) in order to set up definitions, categories, and boundaries on the continuum between consensual and non-consensual sex.

METHODS: We conducted a qualitative thematic analysis of four focus group discussions gathering a total of 29 male and female adolescents aged 16-20 years.

RESULTS: Analysis of participants' discourse revealed three main characteristics that define USE, namely, regret, as most situations discussed were said to be acceptable or not in terms of whether there were regrets after the fact; misperception of sexual intent; and lack of communication between partners.

CONCLUSIONS: Our findings revealed that health professionals should be aware of the subtle aspects identifying USE when screening for situations that can have adverse psychological consequences. Where prevention is concerned, it appears important to address these aspects of USE in sex education classes.

Notes

Publication types: Journal Article ; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov'tPublication Status: ppublish

Alternate URL

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23314518?dopt=Abstract

Alternate JournalInt J Adolesc Med Health
Citation Key / SERVAL ID3383
PubMed ID23314518

                         

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