Impact of alcohol on sexual decision making : intentions to have unprotected sex.

CONNER, M, SUTHERLAND, E, KENNEDY, Fiona, GREARLY, C and BERRY, C (2008). Impact of alcohol on sexual decision making : intentions to have unprotected sex. Psychology and Health, 23 (8), 909-934.

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The impact of alcohol on intentions to have sex with a new partner and the antecedents of intentions were investigated in three studies (N = 139, 60, and 218, respectively). In all three studies, respondents were intoxicated or not intoxicated with alcohol and completed measures based on the Theory of Planned Behaviour in relation to having sex whilst imagining him- or her-self in the scenario. The scenario described unprotected sex between two individuals not in an existing relationship. Consistently across studies, intoxication had a significant effect on intentions for men but not for women. Also consistently across studies, affective attitudes were significantly stronger determinants of intentions for women than for men. Alcohol intoxication consistently moderated the impact of affective attitudes on intentions in women but not men, with greater intoxication associated with stronger impacts (Studies 1, 2, and 3). Implications for understanding the impacts of alcohol intoxication on sexual decision making in men and women are discussed.

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Depositing User: Fiona Kennedy
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2013 08:33
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 10:00

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