Three Natsal surveys have taken place at the turn of each decade since 1990, with a new wave of data collection (Natsal-4) due to begin in 2021.
Samantha McGregor, Head of Data Strategy at ESRC said: We are delighted to be contributing funding to Natsal. Over the years, this study has provided vital insight into issues such as HIV/AIDS, chlamydia infection in younger adults and contraception usage.
First sexual partnerships--age differences and their significance: Empirical evidence from the 2000 British National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles ('Natsal
Acknowledgments: We acknowledge the members of the NATSAL
study team: David Baird, John Bancroft, Andrew Copas, Bob Erens, Cathy Ison, Anne Johnson, Wendy Macdowall, Cath Mercer, Carly Moseley, Soazig Nicholson, Pam Sonnenberg, Clare Tanton, Kaye Wellings, and Frederick Wu.
The next NATSAL
is due to be conducted in 2010, and aims to provide more information that should inform programmes of sex education.
The analysts observe that although the number of women in the Natsal
sample who reported same-sex activity was small, the survey's national probability sample yields data that can be generalized to all British women aged 16-44.
The National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (NATSAL
) - which has spoken to nearly 50,000 people across three surveys in 1990, 2000 and 2010 - has found that, although we may be younger having sex for the first time, people are having more sexual partners and enjoying a real smorgasbord of sexual experiences, we're also having less sex.
(33.) Macdowall M et al., Learning about sex: results from Natsal
2000, Health Education and Behavior, 2006, 33(6):802-811.
(5) Findings from the two UK National Surveys of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (NATSAL
) have shown that the practice of oral sex is common in both heterosexual and homosexual partnerships.
(9) Although the first National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal
), conducted in 1990, revealed an increase in condom use at first intercourse among successively younger cohorts, preliminary findings from Natsa12000 show that one in five sexually experienced people aged 16-24 did not use a condom at first intercourse.
Large-scale quantitative surveys in the United Kingdom--the 1990 and 2000 National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal
) (9)--that have investigated contraceptive use among young people show that the proportion who had unprotected first coitus declined over the past decade.
The reported prevalence of risky sexual behavior is rising in Great Britain, according to an analysis comparing results of the 2000 and 1990 rounds of the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal