Lisa J. Crockett http://orcid.org/0000-0001-5072-6190
Kristin L. Moilanen http://orcid.org/0000-0001-6904-048X
Meredith L. Cartwright http://orcid.org/0000-0002-5709-5448
Date of this Version
Published in International Journal of Sexual Health 35:2 (2023), pp. 230–247
Objectives: This study examined associations between young adults’ psychological characteristics and psychosocial consequences of sex, and whether risky sexual encounters mediated these associations.
Methods: College students (N=265; Mage=19.49) completed questionnaires concerning risky sexual relationships, behaviors, situations, and psychosocial consequences during their most recent encounter and over the last year.
Results: Sexual restraint indirectly predicted positive consequences of the most recent encounter via risky sexual behaviors. Sexual restraint and permissiveness predicted positive and negative consequences over the past year via risky relationships.
Conclusions: Psychological characteristics may influence the likelihood of risky sexual encounters, thereby influencing consequences.
Includes supplemental Table S1.