CATALOGUE NUMBER: ATI-26410
FORMAT: Book or report
DATE OF PUBLICATION: 2012
AUTHOR/PUBLISHER: Public Health Agency of Canada | Agence de la santé publique du Canada
Currently in Canada, routinely gathered sexual health data are limited to reported numbers of positive tests of three sexually transmitted infections (chlamydia, gonorrhea, infectious syphilis), rates of pregnancy, age of first sexual intercourse, condom use and birth control use. Comprehensive data on the sexual health of young people are needed in Canada in order to create effective strategies, policies and programs that promote the sexual health of this sub-population. This document reports on the development, pilot-testing and validation of a comprehensive survey of sexual health of youth aged 16 to 24 years, in British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec, and Nova Scotia. The Canadian Sexual Health Indicators Survey measures both positive and negative aspects of sexual health outlined in the World Health Organization’s working definition of sexual health, including self-efficacy, sexual satisfaction, access to sexual health education, access to sexual health services, experiences of sexual violence, use of contraception and barrier protection, types of sexual behaviours engaged in and the contexts of these behaviours. The results from the pilot-testing and validation of the survey suggest that these indicators are both valid and reliable measures of sexual health for this age group and support the potential use of this survey at a national level.