Sex in Australia: reflections and recommendations for future research

Smith, Anthony M A, Rissel, Chris E, Richters, Juliet, Grulich, Andrew E and de Visser, Richard O (2003) Sex in Australia: reflections and recommendations for future research. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 27 (2). pp. 251-256. ISSN 1326-0200

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Abstract

Objective: To review the content, method and process of the Australian Study of Health and Relationships (ASHR).

Results: ASHR achieved a large sample, a high response rate and documented the sexual life histories and current sexual health-related knowledge, attitudes and practices of the Australian population aged 16–59. Its cross-sectional nature limited our ability to partition observed variation between age and time despite clear evidence of both age-related and cohort-related changes in sexual practice. Similarly, its reliance on a sample of individuals reporting on their sexual experiences rather than a sample of sexual relationships or encounters and their participants limits our ability to understand the dynamics of those relationships and encounters. Finally, our understanding of sexuality in Australia could have been improved through qualitative studies with a subsample of ASHR participants.

Conclusion: ASHR represents a significant contribution to our understanding of sexual health-related knowledge, attitudes and practices in Australia.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Co-author as part of research team
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Richard deVisser
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:31
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2012 12:44
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/13069
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