TitleCollege women's sexual decision making: cognitive mediation of alcohol expectancy effects.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsDavis KCue, Norris J, Hessler DM, Zawacki T, Morrison DM, George WH
JournalJ Am Coll Health
Date Published2010 Mar-Apr
KeywordsAdolescent, Alcohol Drinking, Cognition, Condoms, Decision Making, Female, Health Behavior, Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice, Humans, Models, Psychological, Multivariate Analysis, Psychological Tests, Psychometrics, Risk Assessment, Risk-Taking, Sexual Behavior, Statistics as Topic, Unsafe Sex, Washington, Young Adult

OBJECTIVE: Alcohol has been linked to a variety of risky sexual practices, including inconsistent condom use. Due to the high rates of alcohol consumption among underage college women, greater understanding of the role of alcohol in young women's sexual decision making is warranted.

PARTICIPANTS AND METHODS: Female underage (18- to 20-year-old) social drinkers (N = 94) participated in an experiment in which they projected themselves into a written hypothetical sexual situation with a new partner. One half of the situations portrayed alcohol consumption; one half did not involve alcohol consumption. Their appraisals of the situation's sexual potential, impelling and inhibiting cognitions, and sexual behavior intentions were assessed.

RESULTS: Results revealed that alcohol's expectancy effects on young women's unprotected sexual intentions were mediated by their cognitive appraisals of the situation.

CONCLUSIONS: These findings indicate that alcohol expectancies and their influence on women's sexual decisions should be incorporated into sexual risk reduction efforts.

Alternate JournalJ Am Coll Health
PubMed ID20304760
PubMed Central IDPMC3144204
Grant ListAA014512 / AA / NIAAA NIH HHS / United States
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R01 AA014512-01 / AA / NIAAA NIH HHS / United States
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R01 AA014512-05 / AA / NIAAA NIH HHS / United States
R24 HD042828 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
R24 HD042828-10 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States