Irish Study of Sexual Health and Relationships

Study Number (SN): 0024-00


Crisis Pregnancy Agency (2006). Irish Study of Sexual Health and Relationships (ISSHR) [data collection]. Version 1. Dublin: Irish Social Science Data Archive SN: 0024-00  


About the Study

The Irish Study of Sexual Health and Relationships (ISSHR) was commissioned by the Crisis Pregnancy Agency. ISSHR (2006) surveyed the sexual knowledge, attitudes and behaviours of Irish adults between the ages of 18-64. 

The primary aim of the project, as set out in the tender document, was the collection of reliable nationally representative baseline information that would:

  • build a representative and reliable national picture of sex and sexual behaviour in Ireland
  • measure levels of sexual knowledge among people in Ireland
  • reliably assess national attitudes toward important constructs related to sex, sexuality, service use, etc, to examine patterns (similarities and differences) among different cohorts and patterns underlying these variations
  • examine, explore and reliably describe the interrelationships between knowledge, attitudes and behaviours in the context of theory, sexual health promotion and policy development

Data are owned primarily by the Crisis Pregnancy Agency, but the agency will permit free usage of the data for all non-commercial research.

Accessing the data

To access the data, please complete a ISSDA Data Request Form for Research Purposes, sign it, send it to ISSDA by email.

For teaching purposes, please complete theISSDA Data Request Form for Teaching Purposes and follow the procedures, as above. This covers sharing of data with students in a classroom situation. Teaching requests are approved on a once-off module/workshop basis. Subsequent occurances of the module/workshop require a new application. If students will subsequently using data for projects/assignments they must submit their own request form for Research Purposes. Please contact us if you have any queries.

Data will be disseminated on receipt of a fully completed, signed form. Incomplete or unsigned forms will be returned to the data requester for completion.


Study documentation

Key variable areas

  • Learning about Sex;
  • Sexual knowledge, attitudes and beliefs;
  • First Sexual Experience;
  • Sexual attraction; 
  • Heterosexual partnerships and practices; 
  • Most recent sexual event;
  • Sexual problems;
  • Sexual experience outside of Ireland and the UK;
  • STIs and use of health care services;
  • Demographics and personal characteristics

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