Behavioral intention to have risky sex in young men and women: The role of sexual excitation and assertiveness
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Granados R, Moyano N, Sierra JC (2020) Behavioral intention to have risky sex in young men and women: The role of sexual excitation and assertiveness. PLoS ONE 15(5): e0232889. [https:// doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0232889]
SponsorshipThis research was funded through a research project granted by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (number PSI 2010-15719) and a grant for the training of university teachers awarded by the Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sports (number AP2010-4843) to Reina Granados.
Due to the complex role of sexual excitation in risky sexual behaviors, this study aimed to disentangle this phenomenon by jointly analyzing the combined role of three forms of sexual excitation: genital and subjective, and individual´s propensity. Therefore, we examined the relationship between the components of the Dual Control Model, that is, propensity for sexual excitation/inhibition, in addition to genital and subjective arousal, and sexual assertiveness and intention to engage in casual sexual encounters in which sexual risk was implicitly or explicitly present. The sample consisted of 99 heterosexual young adults (55 men and 45 women) with ages ranging from 18 to 32 years. Participants performed an experiment in the laboratory, which involved them watching a sexual clip and then being presented with two erotic excerpts (stories) depicting casual sexual encounters in which there was an existence of implicit and explicit sexual risks. In men, the propensity for sexual inhibition was the most determining variable in preventing them from sexual risk-taking. In women, intention to engage in risky sexual behaviors was better determined by their propensity for sexual excitation and sexual assertiveness in negotiating the use of contraceptive methods. This research highlights the relevance of excitation and inhibition as a trait, in addition to subjective arousal and sexual assertiveness in intention to engage in risky sexual behaviors.