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'People make assumptions about our communities': Sexual health amongst teenagers from black and minority ethnic backgrounds in East London

Institute of Primary Care and Public Health, London South Bank University, London, UK.
Ethnicity and Health (Impact Factor: 1.28). 12/2007; 12(5):423-41. DOI: 10.1080/13557850701616839
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ABSTRACT (1) To explore sexual behaviour and relationships amongst Black and minority ethnic (BME) teenagers in East London. (2) To examine how these relationships are shaped by culture, gender, peer norms and religion. (3) To describe the implications for sexual health policy and practice in urban, multicultural areas.
This report draws primarily on the qualitative arm of a mixed methods study which collected data from 126 young people, aged 15-18, largely through focus groups in the London boroughs of Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets.
Previous research has reported culture influencing the patterning of risk/protection amongst BME groups. Our data suggest that this is mediated by gender, religion and youth. Religion reportedly influenced young women's sexual behaviour in multiple ways. Young people described gendered norms in meeting and flirting with partners, and the role of mobile phones and peer pressure.
Our paper suggests culture, gender, religion and youth influence BME teenagers in aspects of sexual relationships, and that these social markers may have different contextual meanings for individuals. The multiplicity of factors affecting attitudes/behaviour requires a range of contraceptive, counselling, screening and sex education services available for all teenagers, although delivery patterns may differ in response to differing needs.

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    • "Indeed sexual health issues faced by some young people may be better understood by common social markers (e.g. friendship groups, locations, youth norms, etc.) rather than ones defined by ethnicity, faith or culture (Sinha et al. 2007). Overall, the present study has provided further insight into the sexual health attitudes and behaviours of young British Bangladeshis and their mothers' perspectives on these. "
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    • "Indeed sexual health issues faced by some young people may be better understood by common social markers (e.g. friendship groups, locations, youth norms, etc.) rather than ones defined by ethnicity, faith or culture (Sinha et al. 2007). Overall, the present study has provided further insight into the sexual health attitudes and behaviours of young British Bangladeshis and their mothers' perspectives on these. "
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    • "632). Dating back to European colonisation, sexuality has been a chief differentiating mechanism (Essed, 1991; Gilroy, 1987; Hooks, 1992; Sinha et al., 2007; Stillwaggon, 2006). In her account of everyday racism in the Netherlands and the Unites States, Phillomna Essed (1991) highlights the myth of sexual pathology in the Netherlands: " The idea of Black sexuality as pathological is well implanted in European and U.S. consciousness. "
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