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The Awareness Regarding the Field of Sexual Relations and Sexual Practices of Modern Females

Student: Tatyana Semochkina

Supervisor: Larisa Kosova

Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences

Educational Programme: Sociology (Bachelor)

Year of Graduation: 2019

This study represents an empirical research concerning the topic of sexual practices of modern girls and their awareness regarding the field of sexual relations. Sexual life is an integral part of human life, it forms not only certain aspects of the individual personality, but also affects the development of society as a whole. Sexual health plays an important role in the implementation of sexual and reproductive functions of a person, however, the topic of sex for a long time remained unlighted and was even considered as a taboo in society. In Russia, with the advent of the sexual revolution in the 20th century, the attitudes towards extramarital sexual activity and abortions has greatly changed, a large number of different methods of contraception appeared, and the topic ceased to be taboo itself. The legalization of sexual discourse, the decline of the age of sexual debut, diminution of gender attitudes, non-reproductive sexual normalization, contraceptive revolution – all this facts make the topic of sex a significant issue. Despite all the factors, sex enlightenment in Russia stays at a very low level. The lack of awareness of young generation, as a result, acquires dangerous forms with regard to their sexual and reproductive health that is evidenced by disappointing statistics. In this regard, the purpose of this work is to study the degree of awareness in the field of sex education, and in particular, reproductive health, as well as the practice of sexual behavior of modern girls. All the objectives of the study were achieved using a model of mixed methods, where a qualitative stage was consistently implemented with an interview, and then quantitative one was done with the help of an online questionnaire. In total during the research 17 in-depth interviews were conducted with girls aged from16 to 18 years old. The array of quantitative data contained 1633 respondents that was used to determine the extent of the studied phenomena.

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