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Challenging homogenous representations of rural youth through a reconceptualisation of young rural Tasmanian's sexual health strategies

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Bishop, EC, Challenging homogenous representations of rural youth through a reconceptualisation of young rural Tasmanian's sexual health strategies, Health Sociology Review, 22, (2) pp. 124-126. ISSN 1446-1242 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.5172/hesr.2013.22.2.124

Abstract

Dominant explanations of young people's health risk behaviours echo essentialist notions of perceived invulnerability and risl< misperception. Rural youth, however, are considered particularly 'at-risk: In this paper I argue for a need to challenge rural youth discourses, as they can have counterproductive implications. To evidence this need I draw on interview data from research that examined sexual (and other) risk perceptions among young rural Tasmanians. Findings revealed that participants were aware of rural youth stereotypes and often sought to distinguish themselves from these; were cognisant of their susceptibility to risk; and employed particular strategies to reduce the risks they foced. While these strategies are not perfect or foolproof, they nonetheless signify young people's efforts to mitigate health risks. It is important to recognise this.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Rural Sociology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health)
Objective Field:Rural Health
Author:Bishop, EC (Dr Emily Bishop)
ID Code:88796
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Social Sciences
Deposited On:2014-02-17
Last Modified:2014-10-07
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