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Contraceptive choices and sexual health of Japanese women living in Australia: A brief report from a qualitative study


Inoue, K and Kelly, M and Bateson, D and Rutherford, A and Stewart, M and Richters, J, Contraceptive choices and sexual health of Japanese women living in Australia: A brief report from a qualitative study, Australian Family Physician, 45, (7) pp. 523-527. ISSN 0300-8495 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Background: There is a lack of research focused specifically on the contraceptive and sexual health practices of Japanese women living in Australia.

Objective: This paper reports findings from a cohort of migrant Japanese women who participated in a study of Australian women's understanding and experience of contraceptives.

Method: In-depth, open-ended interviews were conducted between August 2012 and June 2013 in New South Wales. Audio-recorded interviews of seven Japanese women were transcribed verbatim and analysed thematically.

Results: The four prominent themes were the condom and withdrawal methods, varying attitudes to contraceptive practices, discussing contraception and sexual issues with general practitioners (GPs), and the unspoken topic of sexually transmissible infections (STIs).

Discussion: Japanese migrants tend to choose the condom and withdrawal methods, which they perceive to be 'standard practice' in Japan. A greater understanding by Australian GPs of Japanese women's attitudes to contraception and sexual health issues could enhance the sexual health of Japanese women.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Japanese women, Australia, contraceptive choice, qualitative
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Inoue, K (Dr Kumiyo Inoue)
ID Code:111705
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2016-09-30
Last Modified:2018-02-07

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