Home > Research > Publications & Outputs > Absence of holistic sexual health understanding...

Links

Text available via DOI:

View graph of relations

Absence of holistic sexual health understandings among men and women in deprived areas of Scotland: qualitative study

Research output: Contribution to Journal/MagazineJournal articlepeer-review

Published

Standard

Absence of holistic sexual health understandings among men and women in deprived areas of Scotland : qualitative study. / McDaid, Lisa; Hunt, Kate; McMillan, Lesley; Russell, Siân; Milne, Dona; Ilett, Rosie; Lorimer, Karen.

In: BMC Public Health, Vol. 19, No. 1, 299, 12.03.2019.

Research output: Contribution to Journal/MagazineJournal articlepeer-review

Harvard

McDaid, L, Hunt, K, McMillan, L, Russell, S, Milne, D, Ilett, R & Lorimer, K 2019, 'Absence of holistic sexual health understandings among men and women in deprived areas of Scotland: qualitative study', BMC Public Health, vol. 19, no. 1, 299. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-019-6558-y

APA

McDaid, L., Hunt, K., McMillan, L., Russell, S., Milne, D., Ilett, R., & Lorimer, K. (2019). Absence of holistic sexual health understandings among men and women in deprived areas of Scotland: qualitative study. BMC Public Health, 19(1), [299]. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-019-6558-y

Vancouver

Author

McDaid, Lisa ; Hunt, Kate ; McMillan, Lesley ; Russell, Siân ; Milne, Dona ; Ilett, Rosie ; Lorimer, Karen. / Absence of holistic sexual health understandings among men and women in deprived areas of Scotland : qualitative study. In: BMC Public Health. 2019 ; Vol. 19, No. 1.

Bibtex

@article{66fd3b126d0543f999e76e5785675a30,
title = "Absence of holistic sexual health understandings among men and women in deprived areas of Scotland: qualitative study",
abstract = "BACKGROUND: There is a growing evidence base for the need for a holistic approach to sexual health improvement, but the challenges for realising this in the 'real world' may be harder in some communities than others. We examined sexual health understandings and behaviours among adult men and women in deprived areas of Scotland.METHODS: Thematic analysis, using the constant comparative method, of qualitative, semi-structured in-depth interviews with 19 men and 16 women aged 18-40 years from the most deprived areas of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, and three Highland towns.RESULTS: Even though most had been shown images designed to facilitate discussion about sexual consent and verbal/physical abuse, when first asked, participants overwhelmingly equated 'sexual health' with the avoidance of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and pregnancy. Most of the women interviewed went on to locate their accounts of sexual health within a broader, social account of relationships that in an ideal world, in contrast with their everyday lives, were based on respect and freedom from violence. They expressed desires for more positive relationships, based on open communication and trust, choice and freedom from coercion. A few men did accept a broader definition of sexual health, but others actively resisted it and placed the onus to enact choices and freedom from coercion on women rather than men.CONCLUSIONS: In the first UK study to examine understandings of holistic sexual health among adults living in deprived areas, we found a disjuncture between men and women. These findings suggest that, as a society, we are failing to equip people to enhance their own, and others', sexual health and wellbeing in its broadest sense. New efforts to emphasise the breadth of sexual health are required, but addressing these complex issues, especially where there are negative underlying gender norms to challenge, will require multi-level interventions targeting individual, community and system levels.",
keywords = "Adolescent, Adult, Female, Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice, Holistic Health, Humans, Male, Poverty Areas, Qualitative Research, Scotland, Sexual Health, Young Adult",
author = "Lisa McDaid and Kate Hunt and Lesley McMillan and Si{\^a}n Russell and Dona Milne and Rosie Ilett and Karen Lorimer",
year = "2019",
month = mar,
day = "12",
doi = "10.1186/s12889-019-6558-y",
language = "English",
volume = "19",
journal = "BMC Public Health",
issn = "1471-2458",
publisher = "BMC",
number = "1",

}

RIS

TY - JOUR

T1 - Absence of holistic sexual health understandings among men and women in deprived areas of Scotland

T2 - qualitative study

AU - McDaid, Lisa

AU - Hunt, Kate

AU - McMillan, Lesley

AU - Russell, Siân

AU - Milne, Dona

AU - Ilett, Rosie

AU - Lorimer, Karen

PY - 2019/3/12

Y1 - 2019/3/12

N2 - BACKGROUND: There is a growing evidence base for the need for a holistic approach to sexual health improvement, but the challenges for realising this in the 'real world' may be harder in some communities than others. We examined sexual health understandings and behaviours among adult men and women in deprived areas of Scotland.METHODS: Thematic analysis, using the constant comparative method, of qualitative, semi-structured in-depth interviews with 19 men and 16 women aged 18-40 years from the most deprived areas of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, and three Highland towns.RESULTS: Even though most had been shown images designed to facilitate discussion about sexual consent and verbal/physical abuse, when first asked, participants overwhelmingly equated 'sexual health' with the avoidance of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and pregnancy. Most of the women interviewed went on to locate their accounts of sexual health within a broader, social account of relationships that in an ideal world, in contrast with their everyday lives, were based on respect and freedom from violence. They expressed desires for more positive relationships, based on open communication and trust, choice and freedom from coercion. A few men did accept a broader definition of sexual health, but others actively resisted it and placed the onus to enact choices and freedom from coercion on women rather than men.CONCLUSIONS: In the first UK study to examine understandings of holistic sexual health among adults living in deprived areas, we found a disjuncture between men and women. These findings suggest that, as a society, we are failing to equip people to enhance their own, and others', sexual health and wellbeing in its broadest sense. New efforts to emphasise the breadth of sexual health are required, but addressing these complex issues, especially where there are negative underlying gender norms to challenge, will require multi-level interventions targeting individual, community and system levels.

AB - BACKGROUND: There is a growing evidence base for the need for a holistic approach to sexual health improvement, but the challenges for realising this in the 'real world' may be harder in some communities than others. We examined sexual health understandings and behaviours among adult men and women in deprived areas of Scotland.METHODS: Thematic analysis, using the constant comparative method, of qualitative, semi-structured in-depth interviews with 19 men and 16 women aged 18-40 years from the most deprived areas of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, and three Highland towns.RESULTS: Even though most had been shown images designed to facilitate discussion about sexual consent and verbal/physical abuse, when first asked, participants overwhelmingly equated 'sexual health' with the avoidance of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and pregnancy. Most of the women interviewed went on to locate their accounts of sexual health within a broader, social account of relationships that in an ideal world, in contrast with their everyday lives, were based on respect and freedom from violence. They expressed desires for more positive relationships, based on open communication and trust, choice and freedom from coercion. A few men did accept a broader definition of sexual health, but others actively resisted it and placed the onus to enact choices and freedom from coercion on women rather than men.CONCLUSIONS: In the first UK study to examine understandings of holistic sexual health among adults living in deprived areas, we found a disjuncture between men and women. These findings suggest that, as a society, we are failing to equip people to enhance their own, and others', sexual health and wellbeing in its broadest sense. New efforts to emphasise the breadth of sexual health are required, but addressing these complex issues, especially where there are negative underlying gender norms to challenge, will require multi-level interventions targeting individual, community and system levels.

KW - Adolescent

KW - Adult

KW - Female

KW - Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice

KW - Holistic Health

KW - Humans

KW - Male

KW - Poverty Areas

KW - Qualitative Research

KW - Scotland

KW - Sexual Health

KW - Young Adult

U2 - 10.1186/s12889-019-6558-y

DO - 10.1186/s12889-019-6558-y

M3 - Journal article

C2 - 30866882

VL - 19

JO - BMC Public Health

JF - BMC Public Health

SN - 1471-2458

IS - 1

M1 - 299

ER -