Psychology

Roger Ingham

BSc, DPhil

Primary position:
Professor of Health and Community Psychology
Other positions:
Director of the Centre for Sexual Health Research

Background

The University of Southampton

Roger Ingham is Professor of Health and Community Psychology at the University of Southampton, and Director of the Centre for Sexual Health Research. His first degree was awarded by University College London, and his D Phil from Oxford University.

The Centre has been established for a number of years, and carries out high quality research in the field of sexual conduct in the UK and in other countries; it is a multidisciplinary centre, involving psychology, statistics, geography, sociology, medicine, and other disciplines. These studies have included sexual behaviour amongst young people, contraception use and decision making, risk perception, attitudes to services and sex education in school settings, exploring reasons for variations in abortion proportions, and other related topics. Studies have also been carried out in other European countries, and the Centre recently completed a large DfID funded programme of work in developing countries across the world (this programme also involved the Thomas Coram Research Unit at the Institute of Education and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, both of the University of London).

Professor Ingham has worked in this area for about twenty-five years. During this time he has published widely on relevant topics and worked closely with policy makers in this country and abroad. He has been for many years a consultant for the World Health Organisation on their reproductive health and AIDS programmes, was a member of the former Government’s Independent Advisory Group for the Teenage Pregnancy Unit and sits on the Teenage Magazine Arbitration Panel. He was a member of the core group involved in the development of the UK National Sexual Health and HIV Strategy.

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Publications

The University of Southampton's electronic library (e-prints)

Article

Tumwesigye, Nazarius, Ingham, Roger and Holmes, David (2013) Condom use at first and latest sexual events among young people: evidence from a rural and peri-urban setting in Uganda. African Health Sciences, 13, (2), 407-414. (doi:10.4314/ahs.v13i2.30).
Cousins, Grainne, Layte, Richard, Ingham, Roger and McGee, Hannah (2013) Sexual risk-taking at home and on holidays: the importance of context for the late application of condoms. Sexual Health (doi:10.1071/SH13079). (PMID:23838080).
Stone, Nicole, Ingham, Roger and Gibbins, Katie (2012) "Where do babies come from?": barriers to early sexuality communication between parents and young children. Sex Education Sexuality Society and Learning, 13, (2), 228-240. (doi:10.1080/14681811.2012.737776).
Ingham, Roger (2012) Condoms, bloody condoms; yet more problems. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 88, (7), 479-480. (doi:10.1136/sextrans-2012-050793).
Tsuchiya, Miyako, Horn, S.A. and Ingham, Roger (2012) Positive changes in Japanese breast cancer survivors: a qualitative study. Psychology, Health and Medicine (In Press).
Stone, Nicole and Ingham, Roger (2011) Who presents more than once? Repeat abortion among women in Britain. Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care, 37, (4), 209-215. (doi:10.1136/jfprhc-2011-0063 ). (PMID:21724621).
Tsuchiya, Miyako, Horn, Sandra and Ingham, Roger (2011) Information provision and problem-solving processes in Japanese breast cancer survivors with Lymphoedema symptoms. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences (In Press).
Tsuchiya, Miyako, Horn, Sandra and Ingham, Roger (2010) Development of the psycho-social discomfort scale (PsDS): investigation of psychometric properties among Japanese breast cancer survivors. Psycho-Oncology, 21, (2), 161-167. (doi:10.1002/pon.1880). (PMID:21161953).
Ingham, Roger, Stone, Nicole and Nasserzadeh, Sara (2010) Introduction to special issue. Sex Education, 10, (4), 333-334. (doi:10.1080/14681811.2010.515091).
Lee, Ellie and Ingham, Roger (2010) Why do women present late for induced abortion? Best Practice & Research Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 24, (4), 479-489. (doi:10.1016/j.bpobgyn.2010.02.005). (PMID:20338814).
Hogarth, Harriet and Ingham, Roger (2009) Masturbation among young women and associations with sexual health: an exploratory study. Journal of Sex Research, 46, (6), 558-567. (doi:10.1080/00224490902878993).
Ingham, Roger, Lee, Ellie, Clements, Steve Joanne and Stone, Nicole (2008) Reasons for second trimester abortions in England and Wales. Reproductive Health Matters, 16, (31 ), 18-29. (doi:10.1016/S0968-8080(08)31375-5).
Tsuchiya, Miyako, Horn, Sandra and Ingham, Roger (2008) Arm symptoms and QoL in Japanese breast cancer patients. Journal of Lymphoedema, 3, (2), 30-35.
Puri, Mahesh, Ingham, Roger and Matthews, Zoe (2007) Factors affecting abortion decisions among young couples in Nepal. Journal of Adolescent Health, 40, (6), 535-542. (doi:10.1016/j.jadohealth.2007.01.010).
Stone, Nicole, Hatherall, Bethan, Ingham, Roger and McEachran, Juliet (2006) Oral sex and condom use among young people In the United Kingdom. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 38, (1), 6-12. (doi:10.1363/3800606).
Hatherall, Bethan, Ingham, Roger, Stone, Nicole and McEachran, Juliet (2006) How, not just if, condoms are used: the timing of condom application and removal during vaginal sex among young people in England. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 83, (1), 68-70. (doi:10.1136/sti.2006.021410).
Ingham, Roger (2005) Teenage pregnancy policy in England. Sexuality Research and Social Policy. Journal of National Sexuality Resource Center, 2, (3), 56-67. (doi:10.1525/srsp.2005.2.3.56).
Stevenson, J., Berrington, A., Borgoni, R. and Ingham, R. ALSPAC Team (2004) Why do children of teenage mothers have more accidents?
Stevenson, J., Berrington, A., Borgoni, R., Ingham, R. and ALSPAC Team, The (2004) The relationship between teenage motherhood and behaviour problems in children: direct or mediated effects?
Stone, Nicole, Ingham, Roger and Simkhada, Padam (2003) Knowledge of sexual health issues among unmarried young people in Nepal. Asia-Pacific Population Journal, 18, (2), 33-54.
Stone, Nicole and Ingham, Roger (2003) When and why do young people in the United Kingdom first use sexual health services? Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 35, (3), 114-120. (doi:10.1363/3511403). (PMID:12866784).
Ingham, R. (2003) Book review. Contraception across Cultures, Russell, A., Sobo, E. and Thompson, M. (eds). Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 48, (5), 567-569.
Stone, Nicole and Ingham, Roger (2002) Factors affecting British teenagers' contraceptive use at first intercourse: the importance of partner communication. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 34, (4), 191-197. (doi:10.2307/3097729). (PMID:12214909).
Ingham, Roger and Stammers, Trevor (2000) For and against; should doctors advise young people to abstain from sex? British Medical Journal, 321, (7275), 1520-1522. (doi:10.1136/bmj.321.7275.1520).
Ingham, Roger (2000) Book review. Hubert, M., Bajos, N. and Sandfort, T. (eds.) 'Sexual Behaviour and HIV/AIDS in Europe'. Culture, Health and Sexuality, 2, (1), 107-109.
Vanwesenbeeck, Ine, Zessen, Gertjan van, Ingham, Roger, Jaramazovic, Emily and Stevens, Diane (1999) Factors and processes in heterosexual competence and risk; an integrated review of the evidence. Psychology & Health, 14, (1), 25-50.
Coleman, L. and Ingham, R. (1999) Contrasting strategies used by young people to ensure condom use: key findings from a qualitative research project. AIDS Care, 11, (4), 473-479. (doi: 10.1080/09540129947866).
Diamond, I., Clements, S., Stone, N. and Ingham, R. (1999) Spatial variation in teenage conceptions in south and west England. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A: Statistics in Society, 162, (3), 273-289. (doi:10.1111/1467-985X.00135).
Coleman, Lester and Ingham, Roger (1998) Attenders at young people's clinics in Southampton: variations in contraceptive use. British Journal of Family Planning, 24, 101-104.
Clements, S., Stone, N., Diamond, I. and Ingham, R. (1998) Modelling the spatial distribution of teenage conception rates within Wessex. British Journal of Family Planning, 24, (2), 61-71.

Book

Ingham, Roger and Aggleton, Peter (eds.) (2006) Promoting young people's sexual health: international perspectives, Oxford, UK, Routledge, 256pp.

Book Section

Ingham, Roger and Hirst, Julia (2010) Promoting sexual health. In, Aggleton, Peter, Dennison, Catherine and Warwick, Ian (eds.) Promoting Health and Well-Being through Schools. London, UK, Routledge, 99-118.
Ingham, Roger and Smith, Debbie (2010) Vulnerability, disadvantage and sexual health. In, Killoran, Amanda and Kelly, Michael P. (eds.) Evidence-Based Public Health: Effectiveness and Efficiency. Oxford, UK, Oxford University Press, 79-96.
Ingham, R. (2007) Some reflections on encouraging abstinence and delay as possible appraoches to reducing ill health among young people. In, Baker, Phillip, Guthrie, Kate, Hutchinson, Cindy, Kane, Roslyn and Wellings, Kaye (eds.) Teenage Pregnancy and Reproductive Health. London, UK, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, 115-131.
Ingham, Roger (2007) Variations across countries: the international perspective. In, Baker, Philip, Guthrie, Kate, Hutchinson, Cindy, Kane, Roslyn and Wellings, Kaye (eds.) Teenage Pregnancy and Reproductive Health. London, UK, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Press, 17-29.
Stone, N. and Ingham, R. (2006) Young people and sex and relationships education. In, Ingham, Roger and Aggleton, Peter (eds.) Promoting Young People's Sexual Health: International Perspectives. Oxford, UK, Routledge, 192-209.
Ingham, R. and Mayhew, S. (2006) Research and policy in young people's sexual health. In, Ingham, Roger and Aggleton, Peter (eds.) Promoting Young People's Sexual Health; International Perspectives. London, UK, Routledge, 209-225. (Sexuality, Culture and Health).
Marston, C., King, E. and Ingham, R. (2006) Young people and condom use; findings from qualitative research. In, Ingham, Roger and Aggleton, Peter (eds.) Promoting Young People's Sexual Health: International Perspectives. London, GB, Routledge, 27-40.
Ingham, Roger (2006) The importance of context in understanding and seeking to promote sexual health. In, Ingham, Roger and Aggleton, Peter (eds.) Promoting Young People’s Sexual Health: International Perspectives. Oxford, UK, Routledge, 41-61. (Sexuality, Culture and Health).
Popper, M., Bianchi, G., Lukšík, I. and Ingham, R. (2005) The subjective meanings of sex and sexual satisfaction among more active young adults in Slovakia. In, Štulholfer, Aleksandar and Sandfort, Theo (eds.) Sexuality and Gender in Postcommunist Eastern Europe and Russia. New York, USA, Haworth Press, 263-296.
Popper, M., Bianchi, G., Lukšík, I. and Ingham, R. (2005) The social context of sexual health among young people in Slovakia: comparisons with the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. In, Štulholfer, Aleksandar and Sandfort, Theo (eds.) Sexuality and Gender in Postcommunist Eastern Europe and Russia. New York, USA, Haworth Press.
Ingham, Roger (2004) Sexual health and young people; the contribution and role of psychology. In, Brooks-Gordon, Belinda, Gelsthorpe, Loraine, Johnson, Martin and Bainham, Andrew (eds.) Sexuality Repositioned: diversity and the law. Folly Bridge, UK, Hart, 235-260.
Ingham, R. and Partridge, R. (2004) Sexual health policy and trends in the USA, New Zealand and Australia. In, Burtney, Elizabeth and Duffy, Mary (eds.) Young people and sexual health: individual, social and policy contexts. Basingstoke, UK, Palgrave Macmillan.
Ingham, R. and Vanwesenbeeck, I.D. (2000) Interviewing on sensitive topics. In, Memon, Amina and Bull, Ray (eds.) Handbook of the Psychology of Interviewing. , Wiley and Sons, 145-163.
Clements, S., Stone, N., Diamond, I. and Ingham, R. (1998) The spatial distribution of teenage conception rates within Wessex. In, Promoting the Health of Teenage and Lone Mothers: Setting a Research Agenda. London, UK, Health Education Authority, 71-81.
Ingham, R.D. (1997) Discourses and sexual health: providing for young people. In, Yardley, L. (ed.) Material Discourses of Health and Illness. , Routledge.
Ingham, R. and van Zesses, G. (1997) Towards an alternative model of sexual behaviour. In, Cohen, M., Guizzardi, G., Hausser, D. and Van Campenhoudt, L. (eds.) Sexual Interactions and HIV Risk: New Conceptual Perspectives in European Research. , Taylor and Francis, 83-99. (Social Aspects of AIDS).

Monograph

Ingham, Roger and Lee, Ellie (2008) Evaluation of Early Medical Abortion (EMA) pilot sites. , Department of Health, 127pp.
Clements, Stephe and Ingham, Roger (2007) Improving knowledge regarding abortions performed on Irish women in the UK. Dublin, IE, Crisis Pregnancy Agency, 48pp.
Lee, Ellie, Clements, Steve, Ingham, Roger and Stone, Nicole (2006) A matter of choice? Explaining national variation in teenage abortion and motherhood. York, UK, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Berrington, Ann M., Cobos Hernandez, M. Isabel, Ingham, Roger and Stevenson, Jim (2005) Antecedents and outcomes of young fatherhood: longitudinal evidence from the 1970 British Birth Cohort Study. Southampton, UK, Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute, 60pp. (S3RI Applications and Policy Working Papers, (A05/09) ).
Hatherall, Bethan, Stone, Nicole, Ingham, Roger and McEachran, Juliet (2005) The choreography of condom use: how, not just if, young people use condoms. London, UK, Brook, 115pp.
Cheesbrough, Sarah, Ingham, Rodger and Massey, Doreen (2002) Reducing the rate of teenage conceptions: a review of the evidence (US, Canada, Australia & NZ). London, GB, Health Development Agency, 47pp.
Chalmers, H., Aggleton, P., Stone, N. and Ingham, R. (2001) Dynamic contextual analysis of young people's sexual health: a context specific approach to understanding barriers to, and opportunities for, change. Southampton, UK, University of Southampton, 52pp.
Stone, Nicole and Ingham, Roger (1998) Exploring the variations in the characteristics of users of young people's services in Southampton. Southampton, UK, University of Southampton
Ingham, Roger (1993) Can we have a policy on sex? Setting targets for teenage pregnancies. Southampton, GB, University of Southampton, 29pp. (Institute for Health Policy Studies Occasional Paper).
 

Research

Research Interests

As Director of the multi-disciplinary Centre for Sexual Health Research, I am involved in various projects concerning aspects of sexual conduct amongst young people. We have carried out research in risk-taking, social and cultural contexts of sexual activity, multilevel modelling of variations in rates of teenage conceptions by geographical area, perceptions, and use, of services for young people, comparative analyses of sexual conduct in European countries, the relationship between early sexual activity and service use, abortion decisions, and many other issues. I was a member of the Independent Advisory Group of the former Government's Teenage Pregnancy Unit. Between 1999 and 2005, we coordinated (with the LSHTM and the IoE) a large programme on sexual health amongst young people, funded by the Department of International Development, which involved working in poorer countries in Africa, Central Asia and South and Latin America. Of particular interest were not just the sexual knowledge, attitudes and conduct of young people, but also the barriers to change and the opportunities for improvement.

 

Work in Progress

We continue to carry out research in various aspects of sexual health and to attempt to apply results to policy issues.
We currently have a project funded by the Leverhulme Trust exploring how parents respond to questions about reproduction and sexual issues from very young children.

Research projects

Abortion

Projects investigating the issues of abortion

Arousal and Pleasure

Projects investigating the sexual agency

Contraceptive utilisation and STI prevention

There are many different forms of female contraception available, yet the condom is the only method that alos protects men and women from sexually transmitted infections.

Early parenthood and teenage pregnancy

Projects investigating early parenthood and teenage pregnancy

Sex and relationships education in and out of school

The variety of levels and range of sources from which knowledge and attitudes to sex and sexuality are constructed and shaped, including within the family context.

Sexual Health service provisioning

Variations in provision of sexual health services and needs assessments in the UK

Primary research group:  Centre for Sexual Health Research (CSHR)

Research projects

Abortion

Projects investigating the issue of abortion

Arousal and Pleasure

Projects investigating sexual agency

Contraceptive utilisation and STI prevention

There are many different forms of female contraception available, yet the condom is the only method that also protects men and women from sexually transmitted infections.

Early parenthood and teenage pregnancy

Projects investigating early parenthood and teenage pregnancy

Outcomes of teenage parenthood for mothers, fathers and children

Sex and relationships education in and out of school

The variety of levels and range of sources from which knowledge and attitudes to sex and sexuality are constructed and shaped

Sexual Health service provisioning

Variations in provision of sexual health services and needs assessments in the UK

Responsibilities

I chair the Ethics Committee for the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, and the Psychology sub-committee.


I am on the editorial boards of the international journals Sex Education, Health Education, Aids Education and Prevention and Culture Health and Sexuality

Teaching Responsibilities

I run (jointly with Dr Cynthia Graham) the year three UG course Social and Psychological Approaches to Understanding Sexual Health (PSYC3015), have a group of year one tutees, supervise year three projects, PhD students, Ed Psych and Clinical Psych doctoral students as well as contributing to the MSc in Health Psychology and the BM4 programme.

Contact

Professor Roger Ingham
Building 44
Highfield Campus
University of Southampton
SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 44/4017

Telephone: (023) 8059 2587
Facsimile: (023) 8059 4597
Email: Roger.Ingham@soton.ac.uk