Investigating risky sexual behaviour – A mission (im)possible?  

Brajović T., Brunner E.
First author's affiliation: Department of Psychology, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Although the number of adolescent pregnancies has declined since the 2000 in Slovenia, and condoms are used relatively frequently (Pinter et. al., 2006), investigating adolescent risky sexual behaviour (RSB) still appears to be necessary. Most of the studies being conducted so far have been oriented only towards limited aspects of RSB (e.g. intentions, attitudes), although this behaviour appears to be associated with various factors such as characteristics of the individual (specific emotions before/during/after the sexual intercourse with a partner), of the developmental stage (e.g. personal fable) and social interactions with others (e.g. negotiating safer sex). Developing an inventory for measuring RSB of adolescents is afflicted with some difficulties: operationalizing domains of RSB; forming items of high content validity which are going to include behaviours and situations in which (risky) sexual behaviour of adolescents occurs; application of qualitative and/or quantitative methods and theories essential for explaining RSB. The lack of definitions of RSB in the literature also makes it difficult to form such an instrument. Based on the knowledge presented on the poster, a questionnaire of RSB for adolescents was developed. It is going to be used in a research focusing on the connection between RSB and psychological characteristics of adolescents. Thus, the poster represents the announcement of a future research of RSB which is going to have some theoretical as well as some practical implications - for example designing contemporary programmes for adolescent health promotion.