Recent findings from Britain's National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles
Presented by Prof Kaye Wellings from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Date: Thursday, 6th February
Time: 4 – 5 p.m. followed by wine and cheese
Venue: Norman Gregg Lecture Theatre, Edward Ford Building (A27), Cnr Fisher and Physics Rd, University of Sydney, Camperdown
RSVP: by 5th Feb to email@example.com
The National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles The third National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles took place between September 2010 and August 2012 and over 15,000 adults aged 16-74 participated in interviews. This and the two previous Natsal surveys, which were undertaken in1990 and 2000, form one of the most comprehensive studies of sexual behaviour in any one country. The results from the latest survey include the views and experiences of older individuals up to the age of 74 and show that many people remain sexually active well into later life. Results from the survey show the role that sex plays over the course of a person’s lifetime and that sexual health is an important component of our overall health and wellbeing. The Natsal studies, along with others, reveal major changes in sexual behaviour over the last century, including earlier onset of sexual activity, increasing numbers of older people who are sexually active, a closing of the gap between men and women, and weakened links between sex and reproduction. These changes now need to be reflected in research, clinical practice, and education. We need to start thinking about sex differently – sexual health is not merely the absence of disease, but the ability to have pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free from coercion. Improving the quality of peoples’ sexual experiences and their relationships will not just improve the effectiveness of sexual health programmes, but is also something that is important in its own right.
Professor Kaye Wellings is a social scientist at the Department of Social and Environmental Health Research (SEHR) at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine with a public health perspective whose main area of interest is sexual and reproductive health. She was one of the founders, in 1987, of the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal) in Britain and a Principal Investigator on the first (1990), second (2000), and third (2010) surveys. Professor Wellings leads a team of academics researching sexual and reproductive risk behaviour and risk reduction practice, including contraception, at national and international level. She also has a strong interest in evaluation research, particularly in relation to preventive intervention and has assessed major national and international sexual health programmes, including AIDS preventive strategies in European countries and the English government’s Teenage Pregnancy Strategy. In recognition of her contribution in these fields she has been made an honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (ad eundem), and the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health.
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