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The differences in sexual behaviour between MSM who grew up in urban and rural areas in the Netherlands

Schouten, T. G. (2020) The differences in sexual behaviour between MSM who grew up in urban and rural areas in the Netherlands.

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Abstract:Men who are having sex with men (MSM) are at higher risk for transmission and infection of STIs compared to heterosexuals. Despite the facilities for sexual health, the number of STIs remains high among MSM, which may indicate that sexual risk behaviour is ongoing. Today, much is known about sexual behaviour of MSM, however, most of this information has been collected in very urbanised areas. As a result, limited information is available about sexual behaviour of rural MSM. The aim of this study was to gain insight into the potential differences in sexual behaviour between MSM who grew up in urban and rural areas in the Netherlands. A questionnaire based on the Theory of Planned Behaviour was used to measure sexual behaviour and its determinants. Results indicate that there are no differences in intentions and sexual behaviours between MSM who grew up in urban and rural areas in the Netherlands. Looking at the determinants of condom use and testing behaviour, it appears that MSM who grew up in rural areas experience more STI-related stigma than urban MSM. Furthermore, this study shows that intentions are difficult to explain from the Theory of Planned Behaviour.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/85445
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