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Evidence-based Public HealthEffectiveness and efficiency$
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Amanda Killoran and Mike P. Kelly

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199563623

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199563623.001.0001

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Vulnerability, disadvantage, and sexual health

Vulnerability, disadvantage, and sexual health

(p.79) Chapter 6 Vulnerability, disadvantage, and sexual health
Evidence-based Public Health

Roger Ingham

Debbie Smith

Oxford University Press

This chapter defines the important role of social context in influencing health behaviours and health. It focuses on the complex interplay between vulnerability, disadvantage, and sexual health among young people; mirroring national and international concerns. It considers: what is meant by the term sexual health and what the key public health concerns are; what is known about factors associated with poor sexual health; and what is known about how poor sexual health outcomes might be alleviated. It is shown that effective strategies for improving sexual health must address the underlying causes of vulnerability and risk among young people.

Keywords:   health behaviours, sexual health, young people, vulnerability, risk, public health

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