Relations between substance use and personal dispositions towards out-of-control sexual behaviors among young adults

Bilesha Perera, Michael Reece, Patrick Monahan, Robert Billingham, Peter Finn

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Abstract

This paper examines the extent of associations between the two personal dispositions sexual sensation seeking and sexual compulsivity, and use of alcohol and stimulants in a sample of 539 young adults. Men scored higher on measures of sexual compulsivity and sexual sensation seeking than women. Stimulant drug use was associated with a high level of sexually compulsive behaviors. Strong positive associations were also found between sexual sensation seeking and alcohol use, and stimulant drug use was also nearly significantly associated with sexual sensation seeking. Relationships between addictive behaviors, and their implications for health promotion programs targeted at college students need to be investigated using longitudinal and qualitative research methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-95
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Sexual Health
Volume21
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2009

Keywords

  • College students
  • Sexual compulsivity
  • Sexual sensation seeking
  • Substance use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Social Psychology
  • Gender Studies
  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Dermatology

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