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 J. 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 - 2013

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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