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'I'm not a real risk-taker': moral identity construction and sexual-risk perceptions among a group of young rural Tasmanians

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Bishop, E, 'I'm not a real risk-taker': moral identity construction and sexual-risk perceptions among a group of young rural Tasmanians, Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning, 11, (4) pp. 401-417. ISSN 1468-1811 (2011) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1080/14681811.2011.595238

Abstract

Some young people are labelled more ‘at-risk’ of harming themselves through various behaviours, such as having sex, than others. However, such distinctions between young people are ambiguous, as youth itself is imagined as inherently risky. At-risk discourse has fuelled the existing links between youth and risk, and morality and risk. It has also impeded explanations of young people's sexual risk-taking. This article examines the stories that young rural Tasmanians (a group considered to be at sexual risk) tell about their experiences of safe and risky sex. A narrative analysis highlights the way that they perceive risk through the prism of self-identity. The participants' desire not to understand the self as a ‘real’ risk-taker inhibits them from imbuing their sex practices with significant risk. The findings suggest that sexual health research and safety promotion strategies may benefit from a shift away from at-risk rhetoric and a greater emphasis on the self-identity and risk perception nexus.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community Service (excl. Work)
Objective Field:Gender and Sexualities
Author:Bishop, E (Dr Emily Bishop)
ID Code:77716
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2012-05-21
Last Modified:2012-07-11
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