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Ruth Lewis

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Time to talk? A qualitative exploration of intergenerational communication about sex and sexuality in families in Scotland.

This research explores the issues surrounding how families communicate about sex and sexuality in Scotland. Recognising that families play a major role in how people understand and learn about bodies, sex and relationships, the project investigates some of the processes and issues involved in the transmission of information, values and attitudes between parents and children. It also considers how dynamics of gender and socio-economic status may frame the challenges faced by families when communicating about sex and sexuality. Drawing on interview data from 23 families, this research reflects the views of both children and parents.

Ruth is currently in her 3rd year of a full-time ESRC/MRC studentship. She previously studied Geography at the University of Leeds, graduating in 2003, and completed the MSc Social Research programme at the University of Edinburgh in 2004.

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