Journal article

Predicting high risk sexual behaviour in heterosexual and homosexual men: the roles of impulsivity and sensation seeking

MD McCoul, N Haslam

Personality and Individual Differences | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2001


Impulsivity and sexual sensation seeking were examined as personality correlates of high risk sexual behaviour - unprotected sex with multiple partners - in samples of heterosexual (n=112) and homosexual (n=104) men. Among heterosexuals, both personality variables were associated with frequency of unprotected sex but only sexual sensation seeking was associated with number of sex partners. Sexual sensation seeking also mediated the association between use of drugs other than alcohol and number of sex partners. Among homosexuals, no personality or substance use variables predicted high risk sexual behaviour. Implications of the findings for the study of determinants of sexual risk-taking are ..

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