Factors that Influence Sexual Behavior

Causes, Mediators, and Moderators of High-Risk Sexual Behavior
  • Evvie Becker
  • Elizabeth Rankin
  • Annette U. Rickel
Part of the Prevention in Practice Library book series (PPLI)

Abstract

The tendency to engage in high-risk sexual behavior may be influenced by a number of factors. In this chapter, we will examine the effects of psychological variables, such as low self-esteem, locus of control, dissociation, and denial, on sexual practices. We will also look at the evidence for effects of alcohol and other drugs on sexual behavior. The ways in which poverty and the associated lack of opportunity impact risky behavior will be discussed, as will the effects of lack of knowledge about sex, about reproductive biology, and about their associated risks.

Keywords

Depression Income Schizophrenia Cocaine Smoke 

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Evvie Becker
    • 1
  • Elizabeth Rankin
    • 1
  • Annette U. Rickel
    • 2
  1. 1.University of ConnecticutStorrsUSA
  2. 2.Georgetown University Medical CenterUSA

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