Early patterns of sexual activity: age cohort differences in Australia

Boyle, Frances M., Dunne, Michael P., Purdie, David M., Najman, Jake M. and Cook, Michele D. (2003) Early patterns of sexual activity: age cohort differences in Australia. International Journal of Std & Aids, 14 11: 745-752. doi:10.1258/09564620360719787

Author Boyle, Frances M.
Dunne, Michael P.
Purdie, David M.
Najman, Jake M.
Cook, Michele D.
Title Early patterns of sexual activity: age cohort differences in Australia
Journal name International Journal of Std & Aids   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0956-4624
Publication date 2003-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1258/09564620360719787
Volume 14
Issue 11
Start page 745
End page 752
Total pages 8
Editor W. Dinsmore
Place of publication London, England
Publisher Royal Society of Medicine Press Ltd
Collection year 2003
Language eng
Subject C1
321208 Primary Health Care
730399 Health and support services not elsewhere classified
1103 Clinical Sciences
1117 Public Health and Health Services
11 Medical and Health Sciences
Abstract Patterns of first sexual activity among Australians born between the 1940s and 1980s were analysed using data from a national telephone survey of 1784 adults (876 males; 908 females). Sixty-one percent of those randomly selected from the Australian electoral roll and contactable by telephone responded. Many trends, including earlier first intercourse - from 20 to 18 years (females) and 18.8 to 17.8 years (males) - were established with the 40-49 year cohort, whose sexual debut was in the late 1960s-70s. Significant age-cohort effects saw women in the contemporary (18-29 year) cohort draw level with males for age at first intercourse and first sex before age 16 and before leaving school. First intercourse contraceptive use climbed from 30% to 80'%. Condom use quadrupled to 70%. Australian age-cohort effects are remarkably consistent with those in similar western cultures: gender convergence in sexual experience and increasing avoidance of sexually transmitted disease and pregnancy. If such trends continue, positive long-term outcomes for health and social wellbeing should result.
Keyword Immunology
Infectious Diseases
Sex Behaviour
Safe Sex
Contraceptive Behaviour
Condom Use
Q-Index Code C1

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