Though more than 80% of the Danish population knows that safe sex means using a condom, many still ne- glect to sexually protect themselves. This paper explores how we, through Q-methodology, can understand why some young people choose to not use a condom even though it is the best way to protect oneself against both sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy. Through an exposition of the historical development of the condom, we can state that it has been part of sex- ual culture for thousands of years, even though its purpose has not always been the same. In the last 40 years there have been several attempts to recreate the classic condom, which tells us that the condom still doesn’t function optimally. However, the condom is the best current solution when it comes to sexual protection. There is a significant relationship between a person’s attitude towards a certain subject and the actions of that person. Q-methodology is used to study subjectivity: Attitudes, motives, feelings and goals. In this paper, Q-methodology provides both a qualitative and quantitative analysis of the different attitudes towards con- dom use in the target group: Heterosexual, Danish students between the ages of 20-24. Using Q- methodology in a study of 20 respondents, we found that, roughly, the expressed attitudes could be catego- rized into four different types, each with their own opinions about the condom and condom use. Lastly, after gaining a knowledge of young people’s attitudes towards condom use, the respondents’ state- ments on the subject are discussed in order to get an idea of which barriers should be focused on in possible further communication of condom usage.
|Uddannelser||Basis - Humanistisk-Teknologisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis|
|Udgivelsesdato||27 jan. 2014|
- Condom use