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Comparison of teenagers’ early same sex and heterosexual behaviour in the UK: data from the share and RIPPLE studies
  1. A. Parkes1,
  2. V. Strange2,
  3. D. Wight1,
  4. M. Henderson1,
  5. K. Buston1
  1. 1
    Medical Research Council Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
  2. 2
    Institute of Education, University of London, London, UK

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    To compare the sexual experiences of UK teenagers who have same-sex partners with those who have exclusively opposite-sex partners, in terms of context, quality and risk involved. Pupils’ background and attitudes were explored to suggest reasons for differences.


    Self-complete, anonymised questionnaires were administered at ages 13/14 and 15/16 years to pupils in two school-based RCTs of sex education programmes in Scotland (SHARE) England (RIPPLE), giving a combined eligible sample of 10 250 for this study.

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