The AITANA Group has participated in the I International Congress on Sexuality organized by the Salusex group of the Universitat Jaume I of Castellón and the Universitat de València. The event was celebrated on the 17th and 18th of October in Castellón, where researchers, professionals and associations working on the improvement of sexual health met.
Our research group presented the findings obtained after the implementation of the COMPAS programme in adolescent population, through the symposium entitled “Sexual Risk Behaviour in adolescence: from analysis to prevention” headed by Dr José Pedro Espada. This symposium consisted of five oral communications. Firstly, the presentation by Dr Fina Antón, from the Catholic University of Murcia, dealt with the effect of predictive factors on sexual risk behaviour with regard to HIV/AIDS in adolescents, with special attention to cognitive variables. Secondly, Dr Silvia Escribano, from the University of Alicante, explained how condom use behaviour works in adolescents and delved into the variables involved between the intention to use a condom and its final use. Thirdly, Miriam Rodriguez of the Miguel Hernandez University explained the characteristics of preventive programs that increase long-term condom use through an international meta-analysis of adolescent sexual risk reduction programmes, and the analysis of moderating variables of these interventions’ effectiveness. Subsequently, psychologist Laura Buforn presented her communication about attitudes towards sexual diversity in the adolescent population, concluding that there are gender differences in these attitudes and that adolescents, in general, perceive that they have enough information about sexuality. Finally, the symposium coordinator presented a study on the effectiveness of sex education programs based on the participants’ sexual experience.
The symposium conducted by the AITANA group aimed to provide data to help professionals in the field of sexual health to better understand the functioning of sexual behaviour in adolescence and to select with criteria the most effective techniques to use. In order to know more about the conference click here.