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Research topics of the DESAJ Laboratory

Since she developed an expertise in research on the psychosexual development of youth and young adults, Marie-Aude Boislard divides her work in two research topics:

1) Factors associated to developmental shifts in the timing of the transition to a sexually active life. More specifically, she focuses on youth who become sexually active at a very young age and those that are still virgin at the beginning of adulthood.

2) Thrill-seeking and risk taking among youth and the individual behavioural strategies they adopt to reduce risks in connection with their sexuality, use of psychotropic substances and sporting activities.

3) Key events that marks the transition to a sexually active life of LGBTQ+ individuals (i.e. women who have sex with other women (WSW)).

Research conducted by DESAJ are based on quantitative and mixed methodologies.