M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling
College of Science & Mathematics
Unsafe sex; Foreign study
Psychiatric and Mental Health
Researchers suggest that study abroad students may be an un-identified high risk group for risky sexual activity. The goal of this study was to determine whether factors predictive of risky sexual activity at home (sexual sensation seeking, alcohol and sex expectancies, alcohol consumption and previous risky behaviors) may also influence such behavior while abroad. Data was collected longitudinally with a pre and post survey that assessed the above constructs. Twenty-four study abroad students completed the pre survey and six completed the post survey. Two Independent samples t-tests were conducted to clarify differences between gender and students who completed the pre-survey compared to the pre-and post-survey. Three additional Independent samples t-test were conducted to clarify differences between risky and non-risky students. Results suggest that there is no difference on the variables of interest between gender, overall risk and casual partner risk compared by non-risky students. Significant differences emerged between students who completed the pre-survey compared to the pre-and post survey and students who engaged in risky condom use compared to non-risky students. Limitations and directions for future research are discussed.
Marcantonio, Tiffany, "Understanding factors contributing to risky sexual activity in the study abroad environment" (2015). Theses and Dissertations. 403.