Arousability as a predictor of sexual risk behaviours in African-American adolescent women

Jessica R. Wood, Robin R. Milhausen, Jessica M. Sales, Cynthia A. Graham, Stephanie A. Sanders, Ralph DiClemente, Gina M. Wingood

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Abstract

This study examined the impact of sexual excitation (arousability) on sexual risk-taking behaviours in a community sample of African-American adolescent women. A sample of 701 African-American adolescent women completed measures examining their propensity for sexual arousal, impulsivity and sexual behaviour. Compared with women with a lower propensity for sexual arousability, women with a higher propensity reported a greater number of sexual partners, more inconsistent condom use, a greater likelihood of having engaged in sexual intercourse with 'risky' partners, and sex while high on alcohol or drugs. These results indicate that women who have a greater propensity to become sexually aroused in a variety of situations may be at a greater risk for contracting HIV or sexually transmissible infections relative to women with a lower propensity for arousal. This suggests that individual differences in the propensity to become sexually aroused should be considered when developing intervention approaches targeting young African-American women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)160-165
Number of pages6
JournalSexual Health
Volume10
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 29 2013

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Risk-Taking
Sexual Behavior
African Americans
Arousal
Impulsive Behavior
Sexual Partners
Coitus
Condoms
Individuality
Alcohols
HIV
Infection
Pharmaceutical Preparations

Keywords

  • condom use
  • female adolescents
  • sexual excitation
  • sexual risk-taking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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Wood, J. R., Milhausen, R. R., Sales, J. M., Graham, C. A., Sanders, S. A., DiClemente, R., & Wingood, G. M. (2013). Arousability as a predictor of sexual risk behaviours in African-American adolescent women. Sexual Health, 10(2), 160-165. https://doi.org/10.1071/SH12055

Arousability as a predictor of sexual risk behaviours in African-American adolescent women. / Wood, Jessica R.; Milhausen, Robin R.; Sales, Jessica M.; Graham, Cynthia A.; Sanders, Stephanie A.; DiClemente, Ralph; Wingood, Gina M.

In: Sexual Health, Vol. 10, No. 2, 29.04.2013, p. 160-165.

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Wood, JR, Milhausen, RR, Sales, JM, Graham, CA, Sanders, SA, DiClemente, R & Wingood, GM 2013, 'Arousability as a predictor of sexual risk behaviours in African-American adolescent women', Sexual Health, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 160-165. https://doi.org/10.1071/SH12055
Wood, Jessica R. ; Milhausen, Robin R. ; Sales, Jessica M. ; Graham, Cynthia A. ; Sanders, Stephanie A. ; DiClemente, Ralph ; Wingood, Gina M. / Arousability as a predictor of sexual risk behaviours in African-American adolescent women. In: Sexual Health. 2013 ; Vol. 10, No. 2. pp. 160-165.
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