Negative urgency and risky sexual behaviors: A clarification of the relationship between impulsivity and risky sexual behavior

Timothy Deckman, C. Nathan DeWall

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Abstract

How does impulsivity relate to risky sexual behavior? Whereas some research has attempted to answer this question in terms of global impulsivity, past research has demonstrated the need to conceptualize impulsivity as a multifaceted trait (Whiteside & Lynam, 2001). Research has been mixed as to which facets of impulsivity predict risky sexual behavior. The major aim of this project was to further the understanding between the five facets of impulsivity (positive urgency, negative urgency, lack of premeditation, sensation-seeking, and lack of perseverance) and risky sexual behavior. This study used a longitudinal design and showed that risky sex was highest among people who act rashly on the basis of negative emotion (negative urgency) and who crave novel, exciting situations (sensation seeking). These findings add to a growing body of literature on the importance of different facets of impulsivity in predicting risky sexual behavior.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)674-678
Number of pages5
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Volume51
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2011

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Keywords

  • Impulsivity
  • Risky sexual behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology

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