More about the project

The sixteen18 project is an interview study of young people’s sexual practices in the UK. The study is run by Cicely Marston and Ruth Lewis, at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and is funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council.  In the study, we are researching the different sexual activities young people (aged 16-18) engage in, and the meaning and significance of these practices for them.  The practical aim of the study is to provide information to inform curriculum design to help improve and broaden school sex education, and to help sexual health professionals give more effective advice to young people. We are working with the government’s Teenage Pregnancy Unit and Brook Advisory Centres to ensure our findings are relevant to their needs.

This is an opportunity for young people to speak about their experiences, and their views about the information, advice and support that young people receive about sex. Some young people we have interviewed have told us that they liked having the chance to talk about their experiences.

Both Cicely and Ruth are experienced in conducting sexual health research with this age group, and have Enhanced Level CRB disclosure certificates.

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