Factors that Influence Sexual Behavior
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.
KeywordsSexual Behavior Child Maltreatment Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Risky Sexual Behavior Sexual Coercion
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