Sexual self-concept and sexual self-efficacy in adolescents: A possible clue to promoting sexual health?

Sharon Scales Rostosky, Olga Dekhtyar, Pamela K. Cupp, Eric M. Anderman

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This Stud. Examined the Associations between Sexual Self-concept (Sexual Esteem and Sexual Anxiety) and Sexual Self-efficacy (Situational and Resistive) in A Sample of 388 High Sch. Students (59% Caucasian, 28% African Amer.). Males Reported Lower Sexual Esteem and Lower Sexual Self-efficacy Than Females. Males and African Americans Reported Higher Levels of Sexual Anxiety and Lower Levels of Resistive Self-efficacy Than Females and Caucasians. in Regression Models, Higher Sexual Self-esteem Uniquely Predicted Higher Sexual Selfefficacy Scores, even after Controlling for Demogr. Variables, Knowledge of Sexual Risk, and Previous Coital Experience. in Post Hoc Analyses, Sexual Self-esteem Mediated the Rel. between Knowledge of Sexual Risk and Both Types of Sexual Self-efficacy. Results Suggest the Need for Interventions to Promote Male Sexual Self-efficacy and Sexual Esteem and the Need for Longitudinal Res. That Explicates Models of Sexual Hlth. in Adolescence. Copyright the Soc. for the Sci. Stud. of Sexuality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)277-286
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Sex Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2008

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Funding Information:
This manuscript is based on data from a study funded by the National Institute for Nursing Research: Improving School Learning Environments in HIV Prevention, NR08379.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Psychology (all)
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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