Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The association of past and intended sexual behavior with sexual self-concept, self-esteem, and sexual self-efficacy
by Randall, Shannon Johnson, Ph.D., The George Washington University, 2008, 105; 3297146
Abstract (Summary)

A woman's beliefs, attitudes, and perceptions about herself in the sexual realm make up important components of who she is, and serve as both antecedents and consequents of sexual behavior. This study examined three different aspects of the sexual self (i.e., sexual self-concept, sexual self-esteem and sexual self-efficacy) and their connection to how young women view themselves in the sexual realm and their past and intended sexual behavior. In addition, this study examined how race moderates these relationships.

Subjects were 220 female college students enrolled at two private urban universities. Multiple regression analysis revealed that past sexual behavior was associated with women's sexual self-concept and sexual self efficacy, but not with sexual self-esteem. The association between the number of past casual sex partners and sexual self-efficacy was moderated by race. Further analysis revealed that the three sexual self-constructs were associated with intended future sexual behavior. Race moderated the relationship between sexual self-concept and number of intended future committed sex partners and sexual self-efficacy and intended sexual behavior. In addition, results of Pearson's correlations indicated that the three aspects of the sexual self were correlated with each other. However, these three constructs were correlated with each other more substantially for Whites than for African-Americans.

This research lends support to prior research but also expands on the body of existing literature by examining the three constructs in one study and by asking women to respond to a range of sexual behaviors in the questionnaire. It also looks at how these relationships are moderated by race by utilizing a sample consisting of African-American and White women.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Poppen, Paul J.
Commitee: Molock, Sherry D., Peterson, Rolf A., Zea, Maria C.
School: The George Washington University
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- District of Columbia
Source: DAI-B 69/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: African Americans, Social psychology, Womens studies, Cognitive therapy
Keywords: African-American, College women, Race, Self-esteem, Sexual behavior, Sexual self-concept, Sexual self-efficacy, Sexual self-esteem, White
Publication Number: 3297146
ISBN: 978-0-549-44487-9
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