STI-protective Self-efficacy and Binge Drinking in a Sample of University Students in the United Kingdom
Johnson, HL, Albery, IP, Frings, D and Moss, AC (2018). STI-protective Self-efficacy and Binge Drinking in a Sample of University Students in the United Kingdom. Sexual and Reproductive HealthCare. 17, pp. 19-25.
|Authors||Johnson, HL, Albery, IP, Frings, D and Moss, AC|
Objective: Alcohol use has consistently been shown to be related to sexual risk-taking behaviours. To assess what factors may contribute to the sexual risk decision-making process, this study examined the relationships among alcohol use (frequency, quantity, and binge drinking), cognitive appraisals of sexual risk taking, sex-related alcohol expectancies, and STI-protective self-efficacy. Method: 138 sexually-active university students who drink alcohol completed scales measuring alcohol consumption, appraisals of consequences, sex-related alcohol expectancies, and items regarding STI-protective self-efficacy. Results: Increasing levels of binge drinking were negatively associated with STI-protective self-efficacy. A moderated mediation analysis revealed that for binge drinkers, stronger appraisals of the positive consequences for having sexual intercourse while intoxicated predicted lower STI-protective self-efficacy indirectly through increasing rates of sex-related alcohol risk expectancies. Conclusion: Findings provide evidence of a need to target binge drinkers and increase their STI-protective self-efficacy by shifting their focus from positive consequences to negative risk consequences of engaging in sexual intercourse while intoxicated.
|Keywords||STIs; interventions; risk behaviours; sexual behaviours; condoms; 1114 Paediatrics And Reproductive Medicine|
|Journal||Sexual and Reproductive HealthCare|
|Journal citation||17, pp. 19-25|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1016/j.srhc.2018.05.004|
|22 Mar 2018|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||22 May 2018|
|Accepted||21 May 2018|
|Accepted author manuscript|
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