Sex in Australia: Reflections and recommendations for future research

Anthony M.A. Smith, Chris E. Rissel, Juliet Richters, Andrew E. Grulich, Richard O. De Visser

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-256
Number of pages6
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2003
Externally publishedYes

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