Intergenerational variation in sexual health attitudes and beliefs in Sudanese refugee communities

Dean, Judith, Mitchell, Marion, Stewart, Donald and Debattista, Joseph (2016) Intergenerational variation in sexual health attitudes and beliefs in Sudanese refugee communities. Culture Health and Sexuality, 1-15. doi:10.1080/13691058.2016.1184316


Author Dean, Judith
Mitchell, Marion
Stewart, Donald
Debattista, Joseph
Title Intergenerational variation in sexual health attitudes and beliefs in Sudanese refugee communities
Journal name Culture Health and Sexuality   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1369-1058
1464-5351
Publication date 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13691058.2016.1184316
Start page 1
End page 15
Total pages 15
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The aim of this study was to develop intergenerational understanding of the factors perceived to be influencing the sexual health and wellbeing of young Sudanese refugees in Queensland, Australia. Data from 11 semi-structured, face-to-face interviews exploring sexual health knowledge, attitudes and behaviours with young people aged 16 to 24 years, and five focus groups with adults from the broader Queensland Sudanese community, were compared and contrasted. Findings indicate that sexual health-related knowledge, attitudes and beliefs, along with patterns of sexual behaviour, are changing post-resettlement and this creates considerable intergenerational discord and family conflict. Study findings provide an understanding of how the interplay between traditional cultural gender, parenting and relationship norms and perceived normative Australian beliefs and patterns of behaviour influence the construction of both young people’s and their parents’ attitudes to sexual health post-arrival. We suggest that sexuality education programmes adapted to the specific cultural- and age-related contexts need to be introduced early within the resettlement process for both young people and their families.
Keyword Sexual health
Inter-generational discord
Sudan
Refugee
Australia
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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Created: Fri, 10 Jun 2016, 15:38:31 EST by Judith Dean on behalf of School of Public Health