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Middle-aged individuals’ sexual risk-taking: Analysis of Swedish research and prevention policies
Malmö University, Faculty of Education and Society (LS), Department of Natural Science, Mathematics and Society (NMS). Malmö University, Centre for Sexology and Sexuality Studies (CSS).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7061-533x
Malmö University, Faculty of Health and Society (HS), Department of Social Work (SA). Malmö University, Centre for Sexology and Sexuality Studies (CSS).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8403-6534
2019 (English)In: Sexuality, Gender & Policy, ISSN 2639-5355, Vol. 2, no 1, p. 26-42Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article critically examines the basis for Swedish prevention strategies and policy documents concerning sexual risk‐taking, investigating in particular how risk‐taking is represented with respect to the group of middle‐aged, heterosexual individuals. These prevention strategies and policy documents seem to be built on an assumption that sexual relationships are limited to people having sex with individuals with the same sexual orientation, age, behaviour or drug use, an assumption that can be questioned. We have made a scoping review of existing research and examined Swedish national prevention strategies, analysing policy documents on sexual risk‐taking. The results demonstrate a lack of both research and interventions targeted at middle‐aged heterosexuals. We argue that research and interventions directed to heterosexuals have strong connections to fertility. Drawing on Loseke's theorization, the explanation might be that middle‐age sexual behaviour loses the “social problem game”. The blind spots observed in research and policy can also be explained by an agreement in normativity between the different claims‐makers, such as interest groups, policymakers and politicians.

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John Wiley & Sons, 2019. Vol. 2, no 1, p. 26-42
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middle‐aged, policy, scoping review, sexual risk‐taking, social problem game
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-4451DOI: 10.1002/sgp2.12001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85130479107Local ID: 30586OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-4451DiVA, id: diva2:1401282
Available from: 2020-02-28 Created: 2020-02-28 Last updated: 2024-02-05Bibliographically approved

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