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Adolescent risk taking and the romantic ethic: HIV/AIDS awareness among Year 11 and 12 students


Abbott-Chapman, JA and Denholm, C, Adolescent risk taking and the romantic ethic: HIV/AIDS awareness among Year 11 and 12 students, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Sociology, 33, (3) pp. 306-321. ISSN 0004-8690 (1997) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1177/144078339703300303


Findings discussed are drawn from a study of Year 11 and 12 students in Tasmania with regard to accuracy of knowledge about HIV/AIDS transmission, sexual attitudes and activities, and the extent of protective behaviours. The reasons for the gap between intentions and actual 'safe’sex practices highlight the influence of the‘romantic ethic’and the characteristics of modern consumerism upon adolescents’perceptions of intimate relationships within the post-modern society. The degree to which‘caring for one's partner’and‘trusting one's partner’are regarded as a protection against HIV/AIDS trans mission, and the association with levels of condom use, are examined along with implications for preventive health education programs. © 1996, Sage Publications. All rights reserved.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Applied and developmental psychology
Research Field:Psychology of ageing
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Abbott-Chapman, JA (Professor Joan Abbott-Chapman)
ID Code:10629
Year Published:1997
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Early Childhood and Primary Education
Deposited On:1997-08-01
Last Modified:2011-09-22

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