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Alcohol and Sex




Alcohol and Sex;Leigh, B. C. (1993). Alcohol consumption and sexual activity as reported with a diary technique. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 102, 490-493. doi:10.1037/0021-843X.102.3.490;This is a within-subjects design;Summary: This study used the diary method to examine the potential connection between alcohol consumption and sexual behavior. Participants recorded their drinking and sexual behaviors on a weekly basis over a 10-week period. For each drinking episode, participants recorded the time of day that alcohol consumption began and ended, as well as the quantity and types of alcohol consumed. For each sexual encounter, participants noted the time of sexual activity, partner characteristics (new, occasional, regular, or main partner), types of non-intercourse and intercourse activities engaged in, and type of contraception used, if any. Overall, sexual activity was less likely to occur when participants consumed alcohol. Additionally, drinking was not related to unprotected sex with new or occasional partners. This result suggests that alcohol decreases sexual activity and does not account for risky sexual behavior.;Statistics Used: Repeated Measures ANOVA;Features: Behavioral Diaries, Repeated Measures;Questions;1. What are the design elements (IV, DV)?;2. What are the potential confounds?;3. What are the strengths and weaknesses of the study design?;4. What difficulties come from assessing behaviors such as drinking and sexual activity (e.g., social desirability bias)?;What are ways to limit such difficulties?;5. Was a sample solicited from newspaper ads the best possible sample to use?;What are the advantages and disadvantages of this sample selection method?;What are other ways the researchers could have collected a sample?;6. What other behaviors could researchers assess with behavioral diaries?;Why?;7. Why might the diary technique be preferable to laboratory research on drinking and sexual activity?;8. What other factors might play a role in sexual activity and practicing safe sex?;Attachment Preview;alcohol article.pdf;Journal of Abnormal Psychology;1993, Vol. 102, No. 3, 490-493;Copyright 1993 by the American Psychological Association,...;Additional Requirements


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