University of Hull logo

Why embarrassment inhibits the acquisition and use of condoms: A qualitative approach to understanding risky sexual behaviour

Bell, Jo

Authors

Abstract

This article is based on research commissioned by the UK Government's Teenage Pregnancy Unit. The Living on the Edge (LOTE) study qualitatively explored factors that shape young people's experiences and attitudes towards sexual behaviour and young parenthood in three linked seaside and rural areas in England. It identifies embarrassment as a key risk factor in young people's sexual behaviour and demonstrates why engaging in protective behaviour and seeking information and advice, can be constrained by fear of embarrassment and concerns about how they are regarded by others. This paper also argues that embarrassment around condom use is not necessarily restricted to adolescence. Embarrassment is a deeply unpleasant experience for everyone and people (young and old) are motivated to avoid it. Implications and recommendations for future policy and service provision are highlighted. © 2008 The Association for Professionals in Services for Adolescents.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Apr 1, 2009
Journal Journal Of Adolescence
Print ISSN 0140-1971
Electronic ISSN 1095-9254
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 32
Issue 2
Pages 379-391
Institution Citation Bell, J. (2009). Why embarrassment inhibits the acquisition and use of condoms: A qualitative approach to understanding risky sexual behaviour. Journal of Adolescence, 32(2), (379-391). doi:10.1016/j.adolescence.2008.01.002. ISSN 0140-1971
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.adolescence.2008.01.002
Keywords Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health; Developmental and Educational Psychology; Psychiatry and Mental health; Social Psychology
Publisher URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0140197108000031?via%3Dihub