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Sexual Health Week 2020: Reading list

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Ahead of Sexual Health Week 2020, which runs from September 14 – 20, please find some articles which have been hand-picked for potential usage in your stories. We have also produced an opinion piece, written by sexual health expert Dr Justin Lehmiller, for your usage.

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*new Sexual health and Risk-Taking behaviors among New York city high school students: variation by sexual orientation and gender identity status
This study used 2017 New York City Youth Risk Behavior Survey data (N = 10,191), to examine descriptive differences in the prevalence of risky sexual behaviors, such as failing to use contraception and engaging in sexual activity while intoxicated, among others. It reveals that LGBTQ youth were more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviors than non-LGBTQ youth, placing them at increased risk of pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, and HIV.

*new Development and Testing of the Parent-Child Sex Communication Inventory: A Multidimensional Assessment Tool for Parent and Adolescent Informants
This study provides 12 tips on how parents can communicate about sex with their children. The tips stretch across three different health-related topics: sexual risk, sex physiology, and positive aspects of sexuality.
They follow an evaluation on national samples – one of over 2,000 adolescents and another of 2,000 unrelated parents of adolescents – on this tool which can be used in efforts to provide guidance regarding effective parent-child sex education and adolescent sexual health has been assessed.

Opportune Romance: How College Campuses Shape Students’ Hookups, Dates, and Relationships
By merging Online College Social Life Survey data from heterosexual students at 21 U.S. colleges and universities (N = 17,897) with campus-level data, this article examines the effects of student body size, density, and racial composition on students’ hookups, dates, and committed relationships.
It shows the percent of white undergraduate students is negatively associated with the number of hookups for white and black women, but positively associated with the number of hookups for Asian women and all Hispanic students, men and women.

Pubertal Timing, Parenting Style, and Trajectories of Pornography Use in Adolescence: Peer Pornography Use as the Mediator
Data consisted of 1,272 boys and 1,210 girls, who completed at least three waves of pornography use questions from 7th to 12th grade.
Amongst many findings, those from more affluent families were shown to watch porn at an earlier age.

Gender Differences in Parents’ Communication With Their Adolescent Children about Sexual Risk and Sex-Positive Topics
This study shows that when talking to their teens about sex, parents focus more on the risks than the positive aspects—which include sexual satisfaction, diverse sexual practices, and sexual desire.

*new The #MeToo movement and restorative justice: exploring the views of the public
The study examined ‘the day after’ the #MeToo protest, to examine the public’s attitude towards it and restorative-justice in sexual offence cases. The findings (n = 252) revealed that the majority of the public supports the #MeToo movement, but not publications that name alleged offenders.