Personality traits and coping styles as mediators in risky sexual behavior: A comparison of male and female undergraduate students

Sharon Gil1
1University of Haifa, Israel
Cite this article:  Gil, S. (2005). Personality traits and coping styles as mediators in risky sexual behavior: A comparison of male and female undergraduate students. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 33(2), 149-158.

Volume 33 Issue 2 | e1386 | Published: March 2005 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2005.33.2.149

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The aim in this study was to examine the extent to which differences in risky sexual behavior (RSB) between males and females is mediated by their personality traits and coping styles. Participants were 180 first-year undergraduate students who were evaluated with the Tridimensional Personality Questionnaire (Cloninger, 1987); the Multidimensional Coping Inventory (Carver, Scheier, & Weintraub, 1989); and a Risky Sexual Behavior Questionnaire. Findings showed that while the majority of the males had engaged in RSB at least once during the previous year (80%), the majority of the females had not engaged in such behavior (62%). In addition, the males scored significantly higher than did the females on the novelty-seeking personality dimension (i.e., the tendency to respond with intense excitement to novel stimuli), as well as on the problem-focused and the avoidance coping styles. Path analysis revealed 2 mediators in the relationship between RSB and gender: novelty seeking and the avoidance coping style.

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