Sexual decision making in young women

McCabe, Marita and Killackey, Eoin J. 2004, Sexual decision making in young women, Sexual and relationship therapy, vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 15-27.

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Title Sexual decision making in young women
Author(s) McCabe, Marita
Killackey, Eoin J.
Journal name Sexual and relationship therapy
Volume number 19
Issue number 1
Start page 15
End page 27
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2004-02
ISSN 1468-1994
1468-1749
Keyword(s) sexual decision making
theory of planned behaviour
sexual behaviour
women
Summary Research over the last 30 years has examined the way in which young people make decisions about participating in sexual behaviours. This research is limited in that theoretical developments in the area have either not been subjected to empirical scrutiny, or are not consistent with empirical findings. The current study used a modified form of the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB) as a theoretical position for a longitudinal exploration (over a 6-month period) of sexual decision making in a group of young adult women. One hundred and fifty-six young women aged between 18 and 21 years were involved in the study. Regression analysis were used to evaluate the predictors of intention to engage in six types of sexual behaviours at time 1, as well as experiences of these behaviours at time 2. The study found that intention to engage in sexual behaviour was reasonably well predicted using the constructs of TPB. However, behaviour was not well predicted using the variables in TPB, with the most important predictors of most sexual behaviours being past experience and perceived behavioural control, but not intention to engage in the behaviours. Implications of these findings and directions for future research are discussed.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ┬ęBritish Association for Sexual and Relationship Therapy
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30002558

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Collection: School of Psychology
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