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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 41  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 35-38

Attitudes, beliefs, and norms about sex and sexuality among young Indian male adults: A qualitative study


1 Department of Epidemiology, Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work, Florida International University, Miami, Florida, USA
2 Department of Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, India
3 Public Health Research Institute of India, Mysore, Karnataka, India
4 Public Health Research Institute of India; Department of Sociology, University of Mysore, Mysore, Karnataka, India
5 Public Health Research Institute of India, Mysore, Karnataka, India; Department of Health Promotion Sciences, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA
6 Public Health Research Institute of India, Mysore, Karnataka, India; Department of Health Promotion Sciences, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health; Division of Infectious Diseases, College of Medicine; Department of Family and Community Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Purnima Madhivanan
Department of Health Promotion Sciences, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona, 1295 N. Martin Avenue, P.O. Box: 245209, Tucson, Arizona 85724-5209

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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijstd.IJSTD_133_15

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Objective: Little is known about the risky sexual behaviors, attitudes, beliefs, and sources of information regarding sexual health among young adult Indian males. Currently, students in Indian secondary schools do not receive a structured comprehensive sexual health education. This qualitative study explored the sources of information, knowledge, and attitudes around sexual behaviors among young men in Mysore, India. Materials and Methods: Between May and June 2011, 23 semi-structured qualitative in-depth interviews with males aged 18–25 years were conducted to explore their views on sexual norms, attitudes, and their sources of information to gain knowledge about sexual health. Interviews were audio recorded and transcribed verbatim. Thematic analyses were conducted. Results: Participants shared a desire for quality sex education in schools but described their current sexual health curriculum as inadequate. Since social taboos dictated the space in which students gained awareness on sexual topics, the participants resorted to the outside information from both reliable and unreliable sources. Conclusions: These findings have important implications for laying the groundwork for culturally specific sexual health education interventions to meet the needs of a growing youth population in India.


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