Location

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

Start Date

1-5-2014 2:00 PM

End Date

1-5-2014 3:00 PM

Project Type

Poster

Description

College students today are having a lot of unprotected sex with multiple partners, making the risk of college students contracting an STI extremely high. Previous research has found that high self-esteem increase the likelihood that an individual will use a condom. It has also been found that extroversion leads to decreased condom use, perhaps due to the fact that extroverts are more likely to seek out risky situations. This study looked at how extroversion, gender, and sociosexual orientation moderated the relationship between self-esteem and condom use. We measured self-esteem, extroversion, SOI, condom use intentions and willingness and demographics using an online survey. We expect to find that higher self-esteem will be correlated with higher willingness and intentions to use condoms, and that females with low self-esteem will use condoms significantly less than males or females with high self-esteem. Additionally, we expect that extroverts with low self-esteem will use condoms significantly less than introverts or extroverts with high self-esteem, and that participants with high SOI and low self-esteem will show less condom use.

Faculty Sponsor

Allecia Reid McCarthy

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. Psychology Dept.

CLAS Field of Study

Social Sciences

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

161

Included in

Psychology Commons

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May 1st, 2:00 PM May 1st, 3:00 PM

Single and Ready to Mingle: Factors Affecting Risky Sexual Behavior

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

College students today are having a lot of unprotected sex with multiple partners, making the risk of college students contracting an STI extremely high. Previous research has found that high self-esteem increase the likelihood that an individual will use a condom. It has also been found that extroversion leads to decreased condom use, perhaps due to the fact that extroverts are more likely to seek out risky situations. This study looked at how extroversion, gender, and sociosexual orientation moderated the relationship between self-esteem and condom use. We measured self-esteem, extroversion, SOI, condom use intentions and willingness and demographics using an online survey. We expect to find that higher self-esteem will be correlated with higher willingness and intentions to use condoms, and that females with low self-esteem will use condoms significantly less than males or females with high self-esteem. Additionally, we expect that extroverts with low self-esteem will use condoms significantly less than introverts or extroverts with high self-esteem, and that participants with high SOI and low self-esteem will show less condom use.

http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/clas/2014/program/181