Research study news:

Our research report on ‘Young Wexford People talking about Sex’ was launched in Wexford town on 12th October 2015.

The full report along with a summary report is now available here.

Please contact clare@wexfordrapecrisis.com for any queries in relation to the report.

  • Who is organising this study?
    Wexford agencies want to serve Wexford youth better. A group of local organisations working with young people, including:


    has come together to undertake this study of the sexual behaviours and attitudes of young people aged 12-18 in Co. Wexford in order to inform their work and ensure their services meet the Wexford young people’s needs.
  • What is the purpose of this study?
    The purpose of the research is to identify and explore:

    • Young people’s understanding of a healthy sexual relationship
    • The forces and factors that drive early sexualisation and their impact
    • The use of social media as a source of information
    • The use and influence of drugs (including alcohol) in sexual behaviour
    • The awareness by and confidence in young people of their rights
    • Incidents documented of reporting abusive or criminal behaviour
    • The updated and use of services related to sexual behaviour by young people

    The findings of the research will be used by local agencies to inform the practice of organisations working in Co. Wexford and make specific recommendations on how identified needs may be met.
  • How is the study being conducted?
    The study is being led by experienced researchers Brian Harvey and Kathy Walsh and their research assistant, Megan Curran, who will investigate the issues and write up the findings on behalf of the agencies listed above.

    The study will involve:

    • A review of the national and international literature
    • An online survey to get the views of a cross section of young people across the county – accessible HERE
    • Focus groups with young people in a number of different (formal and informal) settings
    • An active online presence, with engagement promoted through the use of social media
    • Consultations with local service providers
  • How long will the study run for?
    The study was formally launched on 30 January 2015 and will run through September 2015.
    We hope that as many young people as possible will take the opportunity to share their views and experiences.
    If you are between the ages of 12-18 and live in Co. Wexford, check out our online survey HERE. It won’t take you long and we’ll never ask you your name, but your answers are very important.
  • Where can I get more information on the study?
    Further information on the study can be obtained by contacting: Clare Williams, Manager of the Wexford Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Service, on 1800 330033.
  • Where can I go if I have been affected by any of these issues?
    If you have been affected by any of the issues addressed in the online survey, or the study in general, and would like to talk to someone about it, please contact: Wexford Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Service on 1800 330033.

Fast Facts:

Did you know…

  • The largest study of young people’s sexual behaviour and attitudes, Understanding Teenage Sexuality in Ireland* (also known as the Hyde Report), was done in 2004 and features interviews and information from 226 students across the country.

For more information on all this and more, check out the Irish Family Planning Association website: Sexual Health 101.


Press

We’ve been featured in the following articles and interviews:

Wexford People, “Major teen sexual behaviour study in county”, 6 January

South East Radio, interview with Clare Williams, 13 January

If you are a member of the press and would like to talk to someone about the study, please contact Clare Williams, Manager of the Wexford Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Service, on 1800 330033.



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