Harmful Alcohol Use and Alcohol-Related Sex Expectancies as Predictors of Risky Sex Among African American Female College Drinkers
African American college women are experiencing sex-related negative consequences at alarming rates. Alcohol use and alcohol-related sex expectancies are predictors of risky sexual behavior among college women; however, African American college women are often underrepresented in empirical studies. The purpose of the present study was to examine the link between alcohol-related sex expectancies (i.e., enhancement, sexual risk taking, and disinhibition expectancies), alcohol use, and risky sexual behavior among a sample of 222 sexually active African American female college drinkers. Participants completed measures assessing alcohol-related sex expectancies, typical weekly drinking, harmful alcohol use, and risky sexual behavior. Results indicated that combined sexual risk taking and disinhibition alcohol-related sex expectancies predicted both typical weekly drinking and harmful alcohol use. In addition, enhancement alcohol-related sex expectancies and harmful alcohol use predicted risky sexual behavior; however, typical weekly drinking did not. Clinical and research implications are discussed.
Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse
Cottonham, D. P.,
Madson, M. B.,
Nicholson, B. C.,
Mohn, R. S.
(2018). Harmful Alcohol Use and Alcohol-Related Sex Expectancies as Predictors of Risky Sex Among African American Female College Drinkers. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 17(4), 389-400.
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