Journal article

Young women's perceptions and experiences of sexual risk in Suva, Fiji

Elke Mitchell, Linda Rae Bennett

CULTURE HEALTH & SEXUALITY | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2019

Abstract

This paper explores young iTaukei (Indigenous Fijian) women's perceptions and experiences of sexual risk. It draws on qualitative data collected in Suva, Fiji in 2011 and 2012. Participants included iTaukei female university students aged 18-29 years. We describe nine forms of sexual risk identified by young iTaukei women, and group these risks into three clusters - social risks, physical risks and intimate relational risks. We discuss how young women prioritise these risks differently depending on context, location and relationship. Findings point to a critical mismatch between current public health risk priorities and those risks identified as most important in the lives of young iTaukei w..

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