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M.A. in Mental Health Counseling and Applied Psychology




College of Science & Mathematics

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Angelone, DJ


College students--Sexual behavior; Foreign study




The purpose of this study was to explore the risky sexual behaviors of students studying abroad, given that prior research has shown that individuals on vacation and international travelers are engaging in riskier sexual behavior while away from home. Participants included NJ university students, between the ages 18-50, who are currently or have studied abroad within the past 6 years. Student information was obtained from Rowan University and each individual was emailed a link to an anonymous online survey. The survey included questions from the Rosenburg Self-Esteem Questionnaire, Relationship Scale Questionnaire, Relationship Questionnaire and questions based on prior research (Milhausen et al, 2006). The Triandis Model of Interpersonal Behavior was used to predict the sexual behavior using attachment style, self-esteem, peer relationships, situational factors and intentions. It was hypothesized that students studying abroad would engage in more risky sexual behavior while abroad then while they are home. Using a series of multiple regressions, the following were all found to be significant in predicting risky sexual behavior in study abroad students: intentions, (Wald = 10.50), habit (Wald - 3.395), and situational conditions (Wald = 3.593, 20.053). These findings may aid in understanding what tools young travelers should be equipped with prior to their journey in order to help prevent unsafe sexual behavior in young adults.

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