Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Psychology



First Advisor

Patricia J. Morokoff


College men and women were compared on a number of variables concerned with risky sexual behavior, including gender and attitudes toward casual sex. MANOVA revealed that, when compared to women, men showed significantly: higher frequency of intercourse, more sex partners and higher frequency of condom use. Following a random division of the sample into two groups, a factor analysis was performed. The resulting factor structure consisted of three factors, Potential Negative Consequences, Affective Evaluation of the Environment, and Perception of Safety and Control. Hierarchical multiple regressions showed differential predictions of risky sexual behavior by gender, attitudinal predictors and the interactions of gender and attitudes. Results support and extend previous work in this area and argue for greater attention to issues of gender for interventions with AIDS-risking behavior. Limitations to the study and future directions for research are discussed.



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